DEERFIELD, Ill. — To help reduce the risk of injury from slips and falls, and to educate seniors in its communities, Walgreens will offer injury prevention tips and advice when it hosts a Senior Day at its stores nationwide on Aug. 1.
“Falls threaten older Americans’ independence and safety and generate enormous economic and personal costs that affect everyone,” stated Debra Houry, director of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. “Together, everyone can reduce the risk of falling and prevent fall injuries.”
“With our Walgreens presence in communities throughout America, and our trusted relationship with customers, we have a great opportunity to help older adults and caregivers make homes and other environments safer and avoid injuries from slips and falls,” added Rina Shah, VP pharmacy operations Walgreens. “These injuries are often highly preventable and education is the key to prevention.”
In addition to encouraging customers to talk to pharmacy staff about fall injury prevention, Walgreens stores will have informational materials available, including a CDC “Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults” identifying ways to make the home safer. Customers who are Walgreens Balance Rewards members will receive 500 bonus points if they ask a pharmacy staff member about fall injury prevention. Additionally, members who are age 55 and older or AARP members can receive 20% off of eligible, regular-priced merchandise that day.