September is National Fall Prevention Awareness Month

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Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall in the United States. 

September was National Fall Prevention Awareness Month, and all across the U.S., therapy and balance centers brought awareness to fall prevention. 

Bill Townley, a patient at FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers in Peyton, experienced a fall in 2002. While on a construction site, he fell 13 feet, injuring his spinal cord. 

Now, he gives advice to others who may be in a similar situation. 

“Need to be just patient, and not be so unable to ask for people for help, because there’s some things I just can’t do,” Townley said. 

Bill is a paraplegic now, but he said he’s grateful for all the therapy, because he’s learning to walk with arm crutches. 

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