Falls, and the fear of falling, threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs.

Falls are the leading cause of injuries for older Americans and cost Medicare and Medicaid over $38 billion per year.

Christine Vanlandingham is CEO of Region IV Area Agency on Aging in Southwest Michigan. Questions on age or independence services? Call the Info-Line for Aging & Disability at 800-654-2810 or visit areaagencyonaging.org. The Generations column appears each weekend in The Herald-Palladium.