A professor who is in charge of the Yale Program on Aging is doing what she can to make active living safer for seniors and her efforts have been acknowledged.
Mary Tinetti, a faculty member at the Yale School of Medicine, has won a $500,000 grant from Chicago's John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for her work on how to reduce the risk of falling for older persons, according to the online publication Occupational Health & Safety (OHS).
"Mary's work on fall prevention not only improves the health of the elderly, but has led to millions of dollars in reduced health care costs," said Yale president Richard Levin.
Slips and falls are a main cause of injury and death among the elderly population in the U.S., says EmaxHealth.com.
Over 33 percent of seniors fall each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tinetti was one of the first people to prove that strategies could be designed to reduce the risk of falling and that these could offer financial advantages in addition to safety benefits, according to OHS.