The has announced a $1 million grant to the in Phoenix in support of a medical center dedicated exclusively to researching and preventing falls.
Scheduled to open by the end of the month in Barrow's , the new Parsons Fall Research & Prevention Center will work to identify patterns in accidental falls, the leading cause of injury-related deaths among older adults, with a focus on patients who suffer from Parkinson's disease or other movement disorders. Among other things, the grant will be used to hire additional staff, including dedicated physicians and nurses who evaluate patients in the clinic setting and compile critical data as patients come into the emergency room, as well as purchase essential equipment, including a trans-cranial magnetic stimulator.
"Our goal in founding the center is to establish a way to systematically evaluate the neurological impetus for falls; identify and interpret patterns and triggers; and develop predictive mechanisms to lessen the risk of future episodes," said the center’s medical director, Abraham Lieberman, M.D. "Approximately one out of two people over the age of 65 fall each year. For those with Parkinson’s disease, that number is closer to two out of three."