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Falls Prevention from Safe Communities


How do Falls Injuries Affect Dane County Residents?


hospital stays

Hospital Stays:

  • More area residents land in the hospital after a serious fall than from any other injury cause.
  • In 2011 alone, 1,700 Dane County residents (most of them older adults) were hospitalized after falling.
enormous costs

Enormous Costs:

  • The average charge for just one fall-related hospital stay  (excluding rehabilitation and long term care) is over $33,000.
end of independence

End of Independence:

  • 40% of older adults injured in a fall end their lives in a nursing home, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Falls are NOT a normal part of aging. Many falls can be prevented.

Studies find that our risk of falling, particularly as we age, can be decreased by following suggestions and clinical practices explained in this portion of the website.

Take Steps to Prevent Falls and Stay Independent

Thanks to the efforts of Safe Communities Falls Prevention Task Force members and partner organizations (see below), we have resources in Dane County to help older adults stay safe and independent.

This webpage, divided into two sections - one for older adults and their friends, family and advocates; the other for health care providers -  is meant to make your search for ideas and services easier.

Resources are available for older adults, friends, family, advocates, and health care providers in Dane County to help older adults stay safe & Independent.

Frequently Asked Questions


Programs for Health Care ProvidersPrograms for the Community

Task Force

Safe Communities Falls Prevention Task Force members and their organizations make this work possible!


Andy Kosseff, MD, Task Force Chair
Catholic Charities
Dane County Medical Society Board Of Trustees
Dane County EMS
Dean & St. Mary's
Fitchburg Senior Center
Home Health United
Independent Living
Madison Senior Center
MSCR/Goodman - Rotary 50+ Fitness Program
Meriter-UnityPoint Health

Northeast Senior Coalition
Public Health Madison Dane County
SAIL (Suppporting Active Independent Lives)
UW Health and Unity
University Of Wisconsin
United Way 2-1-1 and Volunteer Center
Wisconsin Chapter-American Parkinson Disease Association
Wisconsin Council of the Blind
Wisconsin Institute On Healthy Aging

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