Injury Prevention - Older Adult Safety
Injury, as a result of falls, is the leading cause of hospitalized injury and deaths in Pennsylvania. According to the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Council hospital discharge data for Montgomery County, falls were the leading cause of injury among all other mechanisms requiring hospitalization for age brackets 45-64yrs, 65-74yrs, and 75+yrs.
Matter of Balance - The Office of Public Health (OPH) will continue to provide the evidence-based Matter of Balance falls prevention program for older adults living independently to address risk-reducing lifestyle components such as participating in physical activity, improving communication with primary care physician, and home safety strategies.
With 28% of the County being 55 years and older, mature driver safety must be a focus of any transportation safety plan. Motor vehicle crashes are the 2nd leading cause of hospitalizations for adults age 50+ after falls. Many mature drivers continue to drive with incorrect mirror adjustment, too close to the steering wheel, and unsure of what all the buttons do in their car.
CarFit - OPH will continue to provide CarFit throughout the County to address older driver needs and appropriate fit of their vehicles.
Injury Prevention - Mental Health Safety
According to the Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth, in 2015, there were 226 reports of child sexual abuse or exploitation and 10 reports of creating the likelihood of sexual abuse or exploitation in Montgomery County.
Parents in the Know - The PA Coalition Against Rape's "Parents in the Know" program gives parents and children the tools needed to recognize potential abuse. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) found that negative childhood experiences such as sexual abuse are directly related to poor health conditions later in life.
Intimate Partner Violence - Believing everyone has the right to live a healthy life, Montgomery County works with Victim Services to support programs that focus on decreasing the prevalence of intimate partner violence. According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 3 (35%) women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime which can affect her ability to work and live a healthy life.
If you would like more information on any of these programs, please contact David Genova at 610-278-5117 x6771.