Winston-Salem State University’s School of Health Sciences (SOHS) has received a three-year, $147,000 federal grant that will create an educational and training program that aims to reduce the risk of falling and safeguard the independence of older adults.
“Falls can significantly impact the health of older residents, with millions of older adults treated in emergency departments each year for falls injuries,” said Dr. Sara Migliarese, associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at WSSU and program director (PI) for the grant. “Research has shown that falls and fall risks can be reduced through evidence-based community programs.”
Over the next three years, the SOHS aims to reach 400 older adults and adults with disabilities and partner with community agencies in seven Piedmont counties to launch the evidence-based program. The grant is through the Administration for Community Living (ACL)/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Originally published Aug. 5, 2019.