Fall Prevention Awareness Month

Fall Prevention Awareness Month

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Preventable falls continue to remain a dominant issue with older generations.  According to the County Health Officials of New York, “falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, hospitalizations and emergency department visits among adults 65 and older.” As a result, fall prevention has quickly become a leading program throughout communities and healthy aging a priority across the United States.

One in seven Americans is at least 65 years of age. The population over 85 years old is projected to increase from about 56 million in 2012 to 14 million in 2040. More than 3 out of every 10 seniors will be admitted to the hospital each year. About 4 million seniors in the US live below the poverty line. About half of all African American seniors in the US rate their overall health and well-being as fair or poor. (Ref: Dept US Health & Human Services).

At Whittier Street Health Center, we bring together a multidisciplinary team to help you or your loved one in living healthy lives throughout their senior years. Whittier includes a weekly senior health clinic with special medical, social worker and pharmacist attention.  We also have physical therapy, behavioral health, eye care, dental, pharmacy, acupuncture, nutrition counseling, chronic disease management groups and much more. We aim to provide holistic care to keep you doing whatever is important to you or your loved one. One of our focus areas is helping you to remain independent and out of the hospital by helping to prevent falls. We will be partnering with Tufts Health Foundation, The Prevention Wellness Trust Foundation and Ethos through awarded grants to help optimize our services to you.

If you or your loved one would like to schedule an appointment, have questions or would like to share feedback about something you’d love to see offered as part of our senior care, please contact Yinette Fuertes, Cardiovascular Clinical Case Manager, at 617-989-3197. May you and your family live healthy lives at every age!


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A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).