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Expo's aim is to keep seniors from falling

Does the fear of slipping or falling keep you from the activities you enjoy?

According to the Metrolina Falls Prevention Coalition, a group of agencies from Mecklenburg County and eight surrounding counties, falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries and the second-leading cause of nonfatal injuries for adults 65 and older in North Carolina.

The coalition is working to help change that by reducing falls and fall-related injuries among seniors.

"Most falls are preventable. No matter what your age, physical condition or disability, we can provide you with tools to reduce the risk of falling," said Linda Miller of the Centralina Area Agency on Aging.

To help educate the public, Miller's agency - along with a number of others, including the Red Cross, the Arthritis Foundation, CMSC Hospice - set up booths at the Levine Senior Center on Wednesday for the first annual Falls Prevention Awareness Expo.

More than 150 seniors, including many from local senior nutrition programs, came to gather information and learn how to reduce the risk of falling and prevent or minimize other problems associated with aging.

Miller says the coalition hope to make the expo an annual event.

The next Metrolina Falls Prevention Coalition meeting will be 9 a.m. Oct. 19 at the Levine Senior Center at 1050 DeVore Lane in Matthews.

Meetings are open to any interested provider of services related to adult residents in the community. For more information, call Miller, 704-348-2712, or Annette Demeny, 704-348-2736.