Becky Turpin & Robert S. Flippo: June 14, 2018

NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON NO. 1
CAUSE OF PREVENTABLE DEATH FOR OLDER ADULTS

FALLS CONSTITUTE MORE THAN A QUARTER OF ALL INJURY-RELATED DEATHS IN THE HOME

 

Becky Turpin

Director of home and community safety for the National Safety Council

Robert S. Flippo

CEO of MobileHelp

This June during National Safety Month, the National Safety Council is putting the spotlight on a top cause of preventable death in the home: falls. Falls are the No. 1 cause of preventable death for adults age 65 and older and constitute more than a quarter of all injury-related deaths in the home. In fact, the chance of someone dying from a fall is 1 in 127, more likely than dying from gunfire, a home fire or choking. Fall-related deaths have been steadily increasing as baby boomers have been aging – from 1999 to 2016, the number of fall deaths among those 65 and older increased 194 percent. These falls are also incredibly costly; $50 billion is spent annually on older adult treatment for a fall.

On Thursday, June 14, Becky Turpin, director of home and community safety for the National Safety Council, will discuss the increase in falls among the older population and provide tips to fall-proof one’s home. In addition, MobileHelp CEO Robert Flippoor MobileHelp President and COO Dennis Boyle, will be available to provide some technology recommendations on how to avoid falls, which can be prevented even when a person is aging.

The National Safety Council State of Safety report graded states on how well they are addressing older adult falls: Seven states were graded as “Off Track,” 33 were graded as “Developing” and 10 were graded as “On Track.” By 2030, 59,000 older Americans, or 162 per day, are projected to die from a fall if more preventative measures are not taken – these are preventable deaths and lives that can be saved

Some recommendations include:

  • To prevent a fall, have medication reviewed by a physician/pharmacist. Some medicines can interact and create a fall risk.
  • Exercise to improve balance.
  • Have your eyes and feet checked regularly and wear sturdy footwear.
  • Make your home safe: Add grab bars, lots of lighting, secure throw rugs and keep paths clear.
  • Keep up with the latest technology: People often don’t want to utilize devices such as medical alerts because they feel they carry a stigma. But emergency response technology has evolved rapidly in the past two years, and people now have more options available to help them monitor health and wellness, as well as get help if they need it.

MORE ABOUT BECKY TURPIN

Becky Turpin is director of home and community safety for the National Safety Council. She previously worked as the adult injury prevention coordinator at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and prior to that as the injury prevention coordinator at both the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She currently serves as the secretary of the Safe States Alliance.

 

MORE ABOUT ROB FLIPPO:

Rob Flippo is co-founder and CEO of MobileHelp. For the past 25 years, Flippo has worked in both start-up environments and fortune 50 companies, holding executive roles at high-tech organizations, including his current position with MobileHelp. In his current role, he has been responsible for growing MobileHelp from two to more than 200 employees, with a current customer base of nearly 250,000. In his tenure as CEO, he also successfully negotiated the sale of the company to ABRY Partners in 2017.

MORE ABOUT DENNIS BOYLE:

Dennis Boyle is president and COO of MobileHelp. With more than 20 years of executive, business operations and management experience for domestic and global companies, Boyle joined MobileHelp in June 2011. Previously, he served as COO for Verio, an NTT Communications company. In that role, he developed and executed Verio’s business strategies, while leading sales, marketing, product management, development, project management, server operations and customer support.

For more information, please visit: NSC.org

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