Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas The Massachusetts population over 65 years of age is expected to increase from 13.5% in 2000 to 20.9% in 2030; and

Whereas  According to the Massachusetts State Injury Prevention Plan by the Department of Public Health and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, one-third of individuals 65 years of age and older and one-half of those 80 years and over will experience a fall each year; and

Whereas The Center for Disease Control estimates the annual direct and indirect cost of fall injuries nationally is expected to reach $54.9 billion by 2020; and

Whereas Unintentional falls are not limited to older adults, and are the 3rd leading cause of injury death in Massachusetts and the leading cause of hospital admissions and emergency room visits; and

Whereas Falling, and the fear of falling, can lead to depression and hopelessness, loss of mobility, and loss of functional independence; and

Whereas The cause of falls vary, with contributing factors including lack of strength in lower extremities, reduced vision, the use of medications, chronic health problems and unsafe home conditions; and

Whereas The Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the  Department of Public Health has convened the  Falls Prevention Task Force to identify best practices and opportunities for implementing effective fall prevention measures,

How, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 22nd, 2011 to be,

Falls Prevention Awareness Day

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, ninth day of September, in the year two thousand and eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.


By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin 
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts