RI event to highlight prevention of elderly falls

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Health officials are highlighting the risks of falls by older adults and ways they can be prevented.

The Rhode Island Falls Injury Prevention Coalition is holding an event Monday at the Statehouse as a kick-off to Falls Prevention Week. It's called "Strong Today, Falls Free Today."

Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts will be joined by officials from the state health department, division of elderly affairs and others. They'll talk about how falls can be prevented and recognize the work being done in that area.

Officials say that, every year, one out of three adults aged 65 or older will experience a fall. The National Institute on Aging says that among older adults, falls are the leading cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma and loss of independence.

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