URMC Expert to Give Free Talk on Falls and Fractures

April 23, 2009

Stephen L. Kates, M.D., director of Geriatric Fracture Center, Highland Hospital, and the department of Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, will present a free talk from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at the Hahnemann Club, 201 Stoutenberg Lane, located on the campus of The Highlands at Pittsford (off of Route 31, just east of the Village of Pittsford).

“Fifty percent of falls occur in the home,” Kates said, “and are common events that increase in frequency as we age and may result in a fracture or other serious injury.” Once a fracture has been sustained, it can set off a cascade of other health problems stemming from inactivity and disability.

The good news is that there are steps individuals can take to lessen the risk of falling. Kates’ presentation will focus on prevention and treatment. There will be a discussion on how to fall-proof your home and what to do if you should sustain a fracture. Kates will also briefly talk about the silent epidemic of osteoporosis and offer suggestions on ways to strengthen bones.

The talk, titled “Falls and Fractures,” is seventh in the 10-part health and wellness series “To Your Health!” Presented by The Highlands at Pittsford and the University of Rochester Medical Center, the series aims to inspire and educate older adults about health issues specific to their needs. The programs are taught by URMC’s faculty of distinguished physicians and other providers affiliated with Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, the Eastman Dental Center, Visiting Nurse Service and other Medical Center affiliates.

Seating is limited. To register for the talk, please call (585) 275-2838.

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