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Take a Stand Against Falls: Falls Prevention Awareness Week September 21-25, 2020Date Posted: September 23, 2020
Medicare Assistance Bureau Innovates to Serve Residents During COVID-19Date Posted: September 23, 2020
Weatherization Program Helps Delawareans Invest in Their HomesDate Posted: September 23, 2020
COVID Alert DE Expands Reach with Pennsylvania’s Exposure Notification App Released TuesdayDate Posted: September 22, 2020
DHSS Authorizes Four Medicaid Accountable Care OrganizationsDate Posted: September 22, 2020
Division of Civil Rights & Public Trust releases supplemental McDole reportDate Posted: September 22, 2020
September 22, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: September 22, 2020
Delaware Office of Highway Safety Promotes National Child Passenger Safety WeekDate Posted: September 21, 2020
“Cyber Seafaring”: Zwaanendael Museum’s Virtual Maritime-History Series, Oct. 1–3, 2020Date Posted: September 21, 2020
AG Jennings announces settlement with Novartis regarding allegations of improper kickbacksDate Posted: September 21, 2020
Flags to be Lowered for Passing of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgDate Posted: September 18, 2020
Delaware Public Health Continues to See Spike in New Daily Cases of COVID-19Date Posted: September 18, 2020
First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney Announces “First Chance” Award RecipientsDate Posted: September 18, 2020
More than 32,000 Delawareans May Be Eligible for Stimulus PaymentsDate Posted: September 18, 2020
DNREC to Host Public Hearing on Diamond State Port Corp.’s Proposed Container Port on Sept. 29Date Posted: September 18, 2020
DHSS’ Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Launches Online Behavioral Health Treatment Referral PlatformDate Posted: September 17, 2020
Delaware Wildfire Crew Wraps Up Successful AssignmentDate Posted: September 17, 2020
Consumer Protection Unit secures $337,000 in debt relief for Delaware ITT TechDate Posted: September 17, 2020
“Treasury Talks” DebutsDate Posted: September 17, 2020
More Delmarva Fox Squirrels Moving to DelawareDate Posted: September 17, 2020
Former Fenwick Island Police Chief Pleads Guilty To Official Misconduct, Falsifying Business RecordsDate Posted: September 16, 2020
ALERT: Be Wary Of Unsolicited Phone Calls Claiming To Be From Division Of Small BusinessDate Posted: September 16, 2020
DELAWARE OFFERS STATEWIDE SPEED SURVEY AND SPEED TESTDate Posted: September 16, 2020
Reminder: POW/MIA Flags to be Flown at State Facilities on September 18Date Posted: September 16, 2020
State of Delaware Launches COVID Alert DE Mobile AppDate Posted: September 15, 2020
September 15, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: September 15, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Appointments to State Board of EducationDate Posted: September 14, 2020
Input Sought on Delaware’s Climate Action PlanDate Posted: September 14, 2020
Delaware Continues to See Increase in New Daily COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations, DeathsDate Posted: September 11, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Updates to Statewide Testing SitesDate Posted: September 11, 2020
AG Jennings, 21 other AGs successful in Census rulingDate Posted: September 11, 2020
DPH Alienta a lo Asistentes del Evento de Rodeo en Bridgeville a Tomarse una Prueba para el CoronavirusDate Posted: September 10, 2020
DPH Encourages COVID-19 Testing for Attendees of Bridgeville Rodeo EventDate Posted: September 10, 2020
AG Jennings announces suit to hold Exxon, American Petroleum Institute, 29 others accountable for climate change costsDate Posted: September 10, 2020
Flags to be Lowered September 11 in Observance of Patriot DayDate Posted: September 10, 2020
DSCYF Highlights Suicide Prevention Resources, Project SAFETY SuccessDate Posted: September 10, 2020
Governor Carney Announces $25M Delaware Nonprofit Support FundDate Posted: September 9, 2020
Secretary Magarik Announces Leadership Changes at Department of Health and Social ServicesDate Posted: September 9, 2020
Delaware Department Of Labor Will Begin Issuing An Additional $300.00 In Benefits Through Lost Wages Assistance FundingDate Posted: September 8, 2020
State of Delaware Employees Recognized for Team Excellence, Excellence and Commitment in State Service, and HeroismDate Posted: September 8, 2020
DNREC Announces Grants to Support Communities With Pollution Restoration ProjectsDate Posted: September 8, 2020
Delaware Flag to be Lowered for Former Milford Mayor Ronnie RogersDate Posted: September 8, 2020
September 8, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: September 8, 2020
Prepare to apply for a DE Relief Grant, application round opens Sept. 8Date Posted: September 7, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Sept. 4, 2020: New Daily COVID Cases Increase; Recoveries, Deaths Remain SteadyDate Posted: September 4, 2020
DNREC Announces Temporary Brandywine Zoo Weekday ClosuresDate Posted: September 4, 2020
Delaware Receives More Than $30 Million in FHWA RedistributionDate Posted: September 4, 2020
Governor Carney Issues Omnibus Executive Order on COVID-19 Restrictions Date Posted: September 3, 2020
Governor Carney Initiates Justice of the Peace Screening ProcessDate Posted: September 3, 2020
DHSS to Begin Approving Plans for Indoor Visitation at Delaware’s Long-Term Care FacilitiesDate Posted: September 3, 2020
Attorney General Jennings Fights Trump Administration’s Attempts to Reduce Census EffortsDate Posted: September 3, 2020
$21.5 Million in Health Insurance Rebates for Individuals and Small BusinessesDate Posted: September 3, 2020
Governor Carney Formally Extends State of EmergencyDate Posted: September 3, 2020
State of Delaware, U.S. Treasury announce MOU to strengthen information sharingDate Posted: September 2, 2020
West Nile Virus Is Detected in Delaware For First Time This Year in DNREC’s Sentinel ChickensDate Posted: September 2, 2020
DHSS Sponsors Recovery Events to Raise Awareness of Support for People Living with Mental, Substance Use DisordersDate Posted: September 2, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH Release New Fall Sports GuidanceDate Posted: September 1, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Departure of CIO James CollinsDate Posted: September 1, 2020
Governor Carney Requests Federal Disaster Declaration for August StormsDate Posted: September 1, 2020
Delaware Coastal Cleanup Starts TodayDate Posted: September 1, 2020
DNREC to reopen The Point at Cape Henlopen Sept. 1Date Posted: August 31, 2020
September 1, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: August 31, 2020
Delaware’s 22nd annual Chautauqua: “Women’s Work: Campaigning for Social Change” on Sept. 10, 11, 19 and 20, 2020Date Posted: August 31, 2020
Rates To Decrease In Delaware Affordable Care Act MarketplaceDate Posted: August 31, 2020
New Daily COVID-19 Cases, Recoveries Remain SteadyDate Posted: August 28, 2020
El programa SNAP de Delaware emitirá beneficios de emergencia adicionales disponibles a partir del 31 de agostDate Posted: August 28, 2020
Governor Carney to lower Delaware flags at State buildings for Overdose Awareness DayDate Posted: August 28, 2020
Delaware Sends Wildfire Crew to New MexicoDate Posted: August 28, 2020
DNREC to Hold Virtual Public Workshop Sept. 9 to Discuss Delaware’s Plastic Bag Ban and Regulation DevelopmentDate Posted: August 28, 2020
Delaware Resilience Fund Application OpensDate Posted: August 27, 2020
State Auditor Kathy McGuiness Announces Formation of Auditor’s Office Follow-Up ProgramDate Posted: August 27, 2020
Delaware’s SNAP Program Will Issue Additional Emergency Benefits for Use Starting Aug. 31Date Posted: August 27, 2020
Urban forestry director on U.S. Council of 1t.orgDate Posted: August 27, 2020
National Governors Association Chooses Delaware to Participate in Adverse Childhood Experiences Learning CollaborativeDate Posted: August 26, 2020
Governor Carney Signs 25th Modification to State of Emergency DeclarationDate Posted: August 26, 2020
AG Jennings announces Honda airbag settlementDate Posted: August 25, 2020
DNREC Natural Resources Police Make Arrests in Stolen Vessel IncidentDate Posted: August 25, 2020
August 25, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: August 25, 2020
Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) Updates Face Mask Guidance for ChildrenDate Posted: August 24, 2020
Delaware Hunting Seasons Opening in SeptemberDate Posted: August 24, 2020
Governor Carney Announces $20 Million for Broadband InfrastructureDate Posted: August 24, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Aug. 21, 2020: New Daily COVID Cases, Hospitalizations, Recoveries Remain SteadyDate Posted: August 21, 2020
DNREC Lifts Second Recreational Swimming Advisory for Rehoboth BeachDate Posted: August 21, 2020
Governor’s Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Board Honors County Winners of Video PSA Scholarship ContestDate Posted: August 21, 2020
The Delaware Department of Labor applies for Lost Wage Assistance ProgramDate Posted: August 21, 2020
Governor Carney Creates Resilience Fund to Assist Delawareans Affected by Severe Weather Date Posted: August 20, 2020
DNREC Issues Recreational Swimming Advisory for Rehoboth BeachDate Posted: August 20, 2020
Delaware Aglands Foundation votes to extend district enrollment for next roundDate Posted: August 19, 2020
State of Delaware, New Castle County Launch $100M Grant Program for Small Businesses and Nonprofits StatewideDate Posted: August 19, 2020
DNREC Offers Compost Bins and Rain Barrels at Discount PricesDate Posted: August 19, 2020
August 19, 2020 – COVID19 Press BriefingDate Posted: August 19, 2020
AG Jennings announces suit to protect Postal Service from disruptionsDate Posted: August 18, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library StatewideDate Posted: August 17, 2020
Virtual Workshops Set for Delaware Climate Action PlanDate Posted: August 17, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update: New Daily COVID Cases Remain Below 100 for the Last Week; Critically Ill DecreasesDate Posted: August 14, 2020
Update on Tropical Storm Response and RecoveryDate Posted: August 14, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Retirement of DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan After 31 Years of State ServiceDate Posted: August 14, 2020
Governor Carney Signs Legislation Banning Use of Chokeholds by Law EnforcementDate Posted: August 13, 2020
DNREC Sinks Ex-Navy and Army Freighter Turned Fishing Fleet Boat Reedville onto Delaware’s Artificial Reef SystemDate Posted: August 13, 2020
Wastewater, Surface Water and Drinking Water Planning Grant Proposals Now Being Accepted by DNREC, DPHDate Posted: August 12, 2020

News | Date Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

DOVER (Sept. 23, 2020) – The coronavirus pandemic has changed many things. One thing that’s still the same: Falling is NOT a normal part of aging. There are steps you can take to reduce your risk.
Falls can be disabling or fatal and are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the U.S., falls are a leading cause of death for adults age 65+, and they are a leading cause of nonfatal injuries for almost all age groups.
To raise awareness about this public health issue, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) designates the week of September 21-25, 2020 as National Falls Prevention Awareness Week. Governor John Carney and Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long join NCOA in proclaiming that same week as Falls Prevention Awareness Week in Delaware. While falls can occur at any age, adults age 65+ are at greater risk of falling due to multiple factors including age, chronic conditions and disabilities, limited mobility, weak leg muscles, vision problems, Vitamin D deficiency, and use of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
According to the Delaware Coalition for Injury Prevention’s (DCIP) Falls Prevention Team, older adults can remain steady on their feet with regular physical activities such as Tai Chi, which focus on improving balance and strengthening muscles. The team also encourages participation in “A Matter of Balance” and similar evidence-based programs that address fear of falling while building strength and flexibility through easy and effective exercises. To find an “A Matter of Balance” program near you, call Volunteer Delaware 50+ at 302-255-9882 in New Castle County and 302-515-3020 in Kent and Sussex counties.
ChristianaCare offers a ThinkFirst to Prevent Falls© program, which can be done either virtually or in person and addresses home modifications, medications, balance, healthy eating, and other strategies to prevent falls. To schedule this program or for any questions regarding ThinkFirst©, send an email to kaitlyn.angermeier@christianacare.org. Additionally, the Delaware Falls Prevention Team is holding virtual ThinkFirst© programs and producing information that will be distributed to local community centers and libraries.
Since falls occur to people of all ages, municipalities, businesses, schools, and organizations should maintain walkways, paint curbs and slopes, improve lighting, install handrails, and provide ramps, automatic doors, and curb cuts to assist those with mobility issues. At home, remove fall hazards such as slippery rugs, loose steps, wires or cables, and clutter. Additionally, use night lights, replace worn footwear, and ensure that handrails are sturdy.
Since the fear of falling can result in social isolation and limited activity for older adults, it is important for Delawareans to check on their loved ones and neighbors, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Falls are painful and can be disabling, leading to drastic life changes and costing an average of $30,000 per fall injury in hospital expenses alone, according to the CDC. The number of adults over 64 admitted to Delaware hospitals for treatment of fall injuries rose from 2,007 in 2013 to 2,623 in 2018, according to the Delaware Trauma System Registry.
A safe, injury-free Delaware is the vision of the DCIP, which is staffed by the Division of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services. For more information about the DCIP’s Falls Prevention Team, contact Diana Curtis at 302-744-6295 or Diana_Curtis@bayhealth.org.
Access information about falls, injury prevention, and services, including support for adults age 65+, through these resources:
• DCIP website: https://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dph/ems/injuryprevention.html• Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) and Delaware Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) – available 24/7 at 1-800-223-9074. Websites: www.delawareADRC.com and https://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dsaapd/adrc.html• State Office of Volunteerism, Volunteer Delaware 50+ administers and promotes A Matter of Balance program statewide with support from DSAAPD. At this time, Volunteer Delaware 50+ is virtually engaging volunteer coaches. They will recruit new workshop participants when community classes resume. Website: https://volunteer.delaware.gov/volunteer-delaware50• CDC’s website on Older Adult Falls: https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/index.html• NCOA Center for Healthy Aging, National Falls Prevention Resource Center, https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-prevention-awareness-week/. Visitors can take a 12-question quiz about their risk of falling and access a falls prevention toolkit.
The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, and drink almost no sugary beverages.
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News | Date Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

DOVER (Sept. 23, 2020) – The coronavirus pandemic has changed many things. One thing that’s still the same: Falling is NOT a normal part of aging. There are steps you can take to reduce your risk.
Falls can be disabling or fatal and are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the U.S., falls are a leading cause of death for adults age 65+, and they are a leading cause of nonfatal injuries for almost all age groups.
To raise awareness about this public health issue, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) designates the week of September 21-25, 2020 as National Falls Prevention Awareness Week. Governor John Carney and Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long join NCOA in proclaiming that same week as Falls Prevention Awareness Week in Delaware. While falls can occur at any age, adults age 65+ are at greater risk of falling due to multiple factors including age, chronic conditions and disabilities, limited mobility, weak leg muscles, vision problems, Vitamin D deficiency, and use of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
According to the Delaware Coalition for Injury Prevention’s (DCIP) Falls Prevention Team, older adults can remain steady on their feet with regular physical activities such as Tai Chi, which focus on improving balance and strengthening muscles. The team also encourages participation in “A Matter of Balance” and similar evidence-based programs that address fear of falling while building strength and flexibility through easy and effective exercises. To find an “A Matter of Balance” program near you, call Volunteer Delaware 50+ at 302-255-9882 in New Castle County and 302-515-3020 in Kent and Sussex counties.
ChristianaCare offers a ThinkFirst to Prevent Falls© program, which can be done either virtually or in person and addresses home modifications, medications, balance, healthy eating, and other strategies to prevent falls. To schedule this program or for any questions regarding ThinkFirst©, send an email to kaitlyn.angermeier@christianacare.org. Additionally, the Delaware Falls Prevention Team is holding virtual ThinkFirst© programs and producing information that will be distributed to local community centers and libraries.
Since falls occur to people of all ages, municipalities, businesses, schools, and organizations should maintain walkways, paint curbs and slopes, improve lighting, install handrails, and provide ramps, automatic doors, and curb cuts to assist those with mobility issues. At home, remove fall hazards such as slippery rugs, loose steps, wires or cables, and clutter. Additionally, use night lights, replace worn footwear, and ensure that handrails are sturdy.
Since the fear of falling can result in social isolation and limited activity for older adults, it is important for Delawareans to check on their loved ones and neighbors, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Falls are painful and can be disabling, leading to drastic life changes and costing an average of $30,000 per fall injury in hospital expenses alone, according to the CDC. The number of adults over 64 admitted to Delaware hospitals for treatment of fall injuries rose from 2,007 in 2013 to 2,623 in 2018, according to the Delaware Trauma System Registry.
A safe, injury-free Delaware is the vision of the DCIP, which is staffed by the Division of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services. For more information about the DCIP’s Falls Prevention Team, contact Diana Curtis at 302-744-6295 or Diana_Curtis@bayhealth.org.
Access information about falls, injury prevention, and services, including support for adults age 65+, through these resources:
• DCIP website: https://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dph/ems/injuryprevention.html• Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) and Delaware Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) – available 24/7 at 1-800-223-9074. Websites: www.delawareADRC.com and https://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dsaapd/adrc.html• State Office of Volunteerism, Volunteer Delaware 50+ administers and promotes A Matter of Balance program statewide with support from DSAAPD. At this time, Volunteer Delaware 50+ is virtually engaging volunteer coaches. They will recruit new workshop participants when community classes resume. Website: https://volunteer.delaware.gov/volunteer-delaware50• CDC’s website on Older Adult Falls: https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/index.html• NCOA Center for Healthy Aging, National Falls Prevention Resource Center, https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-prevention-awareness-week/. Visitors can take a 12-question quiz about their risk of falling and access a falls prevention toolkit.
The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, and drink almost no sugary beverages.
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Related Topics:  DE Division of Public Health, Delaware Division of Public Health, Div. of Public Health, Falls Prevention Week

Keep up to date by receiving a daily digest email, around noon, of current news release posts from state agencies on news.delaware.gov.
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