UM Rural Institute to Raise Awareness of Falls Prevention on Sept. 22

September 11, 2017

MISSOULA – Most falls are preventable, so on Friday, Sept. 22 – the first day of fall – the University of Montana’s Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities will commemorate the 10th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day. In honor of this notable milestone, the theme for this year’s event will be “10 Years Standing Together to Prevent Falls.”

The Rural Institute, which facilitates the Montana chapter of the National Council on Aging’s Falls Free initiative, will support several events across the state to help educate older adults and their caregivers about effective fall prevention strategies. Additionally, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has officially recognized the day as Falls Prevention Awareness Day in the state and said he encourages Montanans to do the same.

The Montana chapter of the Falls Free initiative will sponsor fall-risk screening events across the state, including the following events in Missoula:

  • Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave.: UM IPHARM, physical therapy and Rural Institute researchers will provide free fall-risk screenings, bone density tests and education from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22. For more information, call Mindy Renfro at 406-243-2203.


  • Community Medical Center, 2827 Fort Missoula Road, Building 4: Staff will provide fall-risk screenings provided from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22. Email Mary Thane at for more information.


  • Missoula Family YMCA, 3000 S. Russell St., second floor: Patrick Hospital staff will provide screenings from 9 a.m. to noon. Friday, Sept. 22. Email Diane Morgan at for more information.


  • Element Physical Therapy, 2001 S. Russell St.: Physical therapy staff will offer fall-risk screenings from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22. For more information email Amy Downing at


  • Alpine Physical Therapy, 150 E. Spruce St.: Fall screenings will be offered during senior fitness classes. For more information on classes, email Brace Hayden at


NCOA and its Falls Free Coalition encourage supporters to wear a yellow ribbon to increase awareness of falls prevention.

For more information on the Montana events, call Renfro, UM Rural Institute principal investigator, at 406-243-2203 or email   

For falls prevention resources, visit


Contact: Mindy Renfro, principal investigator, UM Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, 406-243-2203,