Lifespan grant will help seniors

The Greater Rochester Health Foundation has awarded Lifespan of Greater Rochester a grant to reduce the number of falls suffered by adults age 65 and older.

Lifespan will receive up to $595,000 for a three-year program to reduce that number by 10 percent for patients in the University of Rochester Primary Care Network, according to information from the health foundation.

The program will include home modifications, home visits and referrals to community-based providers. Lifespan tested a program in 2009 and 2010 that showed improvements in strength and balance that help prevent falls.

Each year, one in three older adults take falls, for a total of 34,500 residents in Monroe County, according to the health foundation. Of that total, 30 percent required medical attention, and 10 percent to 15 percent were hospitalized.

For more information, contact Lifespan at 585-244-8400.

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