• English

    Google Translate Disclaimer

    The Maryland Department of Information Technology (“DoIT”) offers translations of the content through Google Translate. Because Google Translate is an external website, DoIT does not control the quality or accuracy of translated content. All DoIT content is filtered through Google Translate which may result in unexpected and unpredictable degradation of portions of text, images and the general appearance on translated pages. Google Translate may maintain unique privacy and use policies. These policies are not controlled by DoIT and are not associated with DoIT’s privacy and use policies. After selecting a translation option, users will be notified that they are leaving DoIT’s website. Users should consult the original English content on DoIT’s website if there are any questions about the translated content.

    DoIT uses Google Translate to provide language translations of its content. Google Translate is a free, automated service that relies on data and technology to provide its translations. The Google Translate feature is provided for informational purposes only. Translations cannot be guaranteed as exact or without the inclusion of incorrect or inappropriate language. Google Translate is a third-party service and site users will be leaving DoIT to utilize translated content. As such, DoIT does not guarantee and does not accept responsibility for, the accuracy, reliability, or performance of this service nor the limitations provided by this service, such as the inability to translate specific files like PDFs and graphics (e.g. .jpgs, .gifs, etc.).

    DoIT provides Google Translate as an online tool for its users, but DoIT does not directly endorse the website or imply that it is the only solution available to users. All site visitors may choose to use alternate tools for their translation needs. Any individuals or parties that use DoIT content in translated form, whether by Google Translate or by any other translation services, do so at their own risk. DoIT is not liable for any loss or damages arising out of, or issues related to, the use of or reliance on translated content. DoIT assumes no liability for any site visitor’s activities in connection with use of the Google Translate functionality or content.

    The Google Translate service is a means by which DoIT offers translations of content and is meant solely for the convenience of non-English speaking users of the website. The translated content is provided directly and dynamically by Google; DoIT has no direct control over the translated content as it appears using this tool. Therefore, in all contexts, the English content, as directly provided by DoIT is to be held authoritative.

    Falls Prevention Awareness Week, September 18-24, 2011

    In recognition of the serious impact that falls have on the health of Marylanders, Governor O'Malley has proclaimed September 18-24 as Falls Prevention Awareness Week in Maryland.

    Falls are a major cause of injury for older adults in Maryland. In fact, studies show that one in three people age 65 and over fall each year. Maryland data for the year 2009 shows that falls were the leading cause of emergency room visits for this age group and accounted for almost one quarter of the total emergency room visits for the year.

    For some people, falls result in serious injuries like hip fractures, which can mean long-term hospital or nursing home stays, or even death. Seniors who fall are two to three times more likely to fall again. Plus, seniors who fall once are likely to restrict their activity level for fear of falling again, which can reduce their quality of life.

    Most people think of falls as accidents, but the truth is most falls can be prevented. There are four major risk factors for falls in older adults: lack of exercise, vision problems, medication side effects, and home/environmental hazards. By taking simple steps in each of these areas, the risk of falls can be greatly reduced.

    This week, take the time to check your home, or the home of a senior parent, grandparent, or neighbor--for ways to make it safer. Learn all you can about falls prevention and make Maryland a safer place--one step at a time.

    Resources for Falls Prevention:

    Calendar of Falls Prevention Activities in Maryland

    Maryland Falls Fact Sheet

    Sample Falls Press Release for Maryland Jurisdictions

    Home Safe Home Checklist

    National Council on Aging Fall Prevention Awareness Activities

    CDC Falls Brochure

    CDC Falls Booklet

    Falls Resource List

    Safe Steps for Seniors Magnets--can be ordered by calling 410-767-8102

    Safe Steps for Seniors Magnet





    Environmental Health Bureau
    201 W. Preston Street, Room 327
    Baltimore Md 21201

    Toll-Free 1-866-703-3266