Help Local Seniors at AGE SAFE WEEK June 3-10, 2009

Our friends at AGE of Austin are committed to ensuring that older adults with limited resources live as independently as possible in a safe and health environment.

They write to let us know that:

  • Every 18 seconds someone aged 65+ is treated in the emergency department for a fall*
  • Every 35 minutes a senior dies as a result of injuries sustained in a fall*
  • The average health care cost of a fall injury is $19,440, excluding doctor’s services*

While one in three older adults falls each year, many of these accidents are preventable through home modifications, fall prevention training, and the use of durable medical equipment.

Join AGE in raising awareness of senior safety by donating cash or equipment to our free Durable Medical Equipment lending program. Simple items such as wheelchairs, walkers, shower benches, and canes are life-enhancing pieces of equipment that empowers seniors to live safely in their homes.

In 2008, AGE provided over 700 pieces of equipment at no charge to low-income seniors or disabled Central Texans. Unfortunately, our waiting list is now longer than ever and we need your help.

Over 75 local seniors are currently on the waiting list!

On Wednesday, June 3rd, 8am-6pm, please come by the historic AGE building (3710 Cedar Street) to drop off durable medical equipment or to make a donation. In return, you’ll receive a sweet treat, a donation receipt, and “Words of Wisdom”, words of advice written by seniors who would like to share their wisdom with you.

To learn more, visit the AGE of Austin website:

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