Wash. medics focus on geriatric falls prevention
A community resource specialist will go to peoples' homes to help them identify hazards
By Ted Land
KING 5 News
EVERETT, Wash. — Falls are a leading cause of serious injury for older Americans. As baby boomers age, the problem is only getting worse.
Snohomish County Fire District 1 is trying to catch the problem before it gets any worse.
"Falls are a huge, huge volume of our calls, we responded to approximately a thousand falls calls last year and those are people with injuries," said Kristen Thorstenson, a new community resource specialist who is focusing mostly on fall prevention.