From Awareness to Action: Celebrating Falls Prevention Awareness Week
The City of Sioux Falls is locking arms with communities across the nation to observe Falls Prevention Awareness Week, September 18–22, emphasizing the importance of safeguarding our residents, especially those aged 65 and older, from the hazards of fall-related injuries.
In 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that South Dakota stood as the third-highest state in the nation for fall-related deaths among individuals aged 65 years and older. Furthermore, from 2017 to 2021, Minnehaha County recorded an accidental fall mortality rate of 23.1 per 100,000 individuals, significantly surpassing the national rate of 9.8. Consequently, falls have emerged as the seventh leading cause of death, making it imperative to address this issue at the local level.
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, a vital component of our community’s safety network, responds to an average of three daily fall-related calls. These incidents represent a challenge to public safety and emphasize the importance of community-wide awareness and prevention efforts.
“By working with our partners such as 211, Avera, and Sanford, we are able to get assistance and help to the people we serve,” said Ryan Cox, Community Risk Reduction for Sioux Falls Fire Rescue. “Through these efforts, we can hopefully eliminate or at least reduce the need for calling 911 and prevent serious injuries.”
In efforts to prioritize the safety and well-being of our community, during Falls Prevention Awareness Week, we are increasing our efforts to raise awareness, educate, and engage the community to take proactive steps to prevent falls.
For more information about Falls Prevention Awareness Week events and initiatives in Sioux Falls, please visit www.livewellsiouxfalls.org.