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Hot Meals with a Side of Prevention

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Volunteers who deliver Meals on Wheels are often the only people whom homebound clients see on a given day. So it's not surprising they are often the only ones to hear about accidental falls. 

In 2009, Senior Services of Winston-Salem, which delivers meals to qualifying seniors throughout Forsyth County, asked the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging to help them address fall risks. As a result, the Fall Prevention Program was born. 

"When someone in this population suffers a fall, it is the event that most often leads to nursing home placement," said Jeff Williamson, MD, who heads Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. "Our program identifies at-risk clients, assesses their risk, and provides recommendations to help them avoid falls."

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