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‘Always Better’ Series Focuses on Falls and Fracture Prevention

Friday, April 13, 2007

Falls and resulting fractures are an all too common experience for older adults. As part of the ‘Always Better’ series, a free workshop is being offered from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 24, at the Highlands at Pittsford’s Hahnemann Club to discuss major causes of falls and fractures.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, among people 65 years and older, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. Each year in the United States, nearly one third of older adults experience a fall.

Daniel Ari Mendelson, M.D., co-director of the Geriatric Fracture Centerat Highland Hospital, will be joined by orthopaedist Steven Kates, M.D., to present “Before the Fall:  Fall and Fracture Prevention for Older Adults.” During the interactive discussion, the two physicians will discuss strategies to prevent falls including home safety and environmental modification, osteoporosis prevention and treatment, exercise, and medication management.

Medical Director of the Acute Care for Elders Unit at HighlandHospital, Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County, Mendelson is board certified in Internal Medicine with added qualifications in Geriatrics from the American Board of Internal Medicine. Kates is board certified in Orthopaedic surgery, a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and an AO North America faculty member for fracture education.

For information or to register for the workshop, please call the University’s Office of Special Programs at (585) 275-2344, or visit

The Always Better series is made possible through collaboration between the Medical Center and the University of Rochester Office of Special Programs. Over the past three years, the Rochester Continuing Studies and Always Better programs have offered a broad range of courses, seminars, medical workshops and events designed to enhance and enrich the lives of people in the Rochester area, helping them to live life Always Better. This unique approach to education, encouraging participants to learn what they love by giving them freedom and flexibility, is at the core of the Always Better program. Classes are non-credit and participants can expect little to no homework, no tests, and no grades, allowing them to explore an area of interest without pressure. Most classes are discussion based, encouraging participants with diverse life experiences and a strong desire to learn to share their views and opinions. For a complete listing of Always Better programs, please visit

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