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Alaska Injury Prevention

Injury is the third leading cause of death for Alaskans overall and the leading cause of death from age one through 44. The Alaska Injury Prevention program encourages Alaskans to be active and safe.  Injuries are largely a preventable public health problem.  A variety of programs in Alaska’s Injury Prevention Program are aimed at reducing the risks and minimizing the harm caused by injuries in all walks of our lives.  

Alaska Injury Prevention Programs:

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Bike-n-Walk Safely Alaska

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    September 2018 is Falls Awareness Month!

    • Stay Independent... Join us at an Alaska Health Fair

    Fall prevention education is coming to Health Fairs this year. Find out how to stay independent as long as possible and how to help your loved ones to do the same. Fill out a short survey to check your risk for falling and enter a drawing for a chance to win $250 for a nonprofit organization of your choice. Read more...?

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    Go4Life Month is a celebration of the benefits of exercise for older adults. This year's theme is Get Ready! Get Moving! Go4Life!, which focuses on:

    • What you can do to make exercise a long-term healthy habit
    • Safety tips
    • Doing all 4 types of exercise (endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility)
    • Tracking your progress
    • Staying motivated to be active

    Visit the newly updated Go4Life website for more information about:

    Facts About Senior Falls:

    According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services:

    • Falls are the number one leading cause of serious injury requiring medical attention and the loss of independence among Alaska residents aged 55 plus.
    • In 2016 alone, (most recently available compiled data) the total amount billed to Alaska seniors for falls-related injuries was approximately $135 million—triple the amount billed in 2012. The average fall cost $80,000 for acute services only; including emergency medical services, emergency departments, intensive care units, and hospital charges.
    • Alcohol, prescription drugs, and other substances are associated with increased likelihood for falls. Of those screened, 64% tested positive for alcohol, 25% tested positive for prescription drugs, and 25% for other substances. Further analysis of the data indicates the majority of those who tested positive for other substances had also tested positive for marijuana.

    The following pages have additional information and resources related to Senior Falls Prevention:

     
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