NH DHHS - NH to “Stand Together” to Reduce Falls and Observe Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Tai Chi Demonstration and Falls Awareness Activities on State House Lawn,

Friday September 21st

Concord, NH – Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal

injuries for New Hampshire residents 65 and older. Every 15 seconds, an

older NH adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related

injury. Approximately 105 older Granite Staters die every year because of

a fall and the rate has risen, particularly for females, over the past 10

years. However, falls are not an inevitable consequence of aging. One of

the ways older adults can help reduce their risk of falling is by

incorporating physical activity with balance, strength training, and

flexibility components. There are two evidence based physical activity

programs that are currently being offered in New Hampshire: Matter of

Balance and Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance. To commemorate National

Falls Awareness Day on September 22nd, the New Hampshire Falls Risk

Reduction Task Force is hosting a demonstration of Tai Chi: Moving for

Better Balance on the State House Lawn, Friday, September 21st at 12:30


This is a unique opportunity to see trained instructors lead participants

in a research based, falls risk reduction program.

DATE September 21, 2012

12:30 PM

EVENT Tai Chi Demonstration for National Falls Awareness Day

LOCATION State House Lawn

Concord, NH