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Tuesday Rundown: Reducing Falls Among the Elderly in Pennsylvania

Brian Donnelly, LifeSpan Furnishings, LLC
North Carolina State University

These topics air Tuesday April 7, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

Reducing Falls Among PA's Elderly 

We’ve all seen or heard some comic take on the commercial of the elderly woman who takes a fall and can’t get up. However, falls among the elderly are no laughing matter. In fact there’s a prevalence of falls among people 65 and older as they age. A new program has reduced falls among the elderly by 17 percent statewide according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study authored by our guest Steven Albert, chairman of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Services. Also taking part in the discussion is Lois Shelton, R.N., M.S.N., the nurse for the state Department of Aging who coordinates the Health Steps for Older Adults program statewide.

Trending in Pittsburgh

Billed as everything that makes Pittsburgh awesome, Pittsburgh Magazine’s 412 Blog is a combined effort by the publication’s staffers. Covering up to the minute trends and stories in the Steel City. We’ve invited Sean Conboy, online editor to tell us about three of the most popular stories currently trending on the 412 blog.

WESA Celebrates Joyce Rothermel

A study that was done in 1977 at the University of Pittsburgh on the instances of hunger in Allegheny County documented 48,000 people experiencing hunger — that is, going without food for a 24-hour period. That is what gave Joyce Rothermel the impetus to attend a workshop in Harrisburg on food banking, a concept that was new but creating interest around the country.

PA's Business Connections to Canada

This week our neighbors to the north – Canada -will be celebrated in Pittsburgh via a temporary Canadian consulate. Canada is Pennsylvania’s largest trading partner and export market, receiving 30 percent of the state’s foreign-bound goods. This week contributor Rebecca Harris looks the state’s business connections to Canada.

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