In front of an audience of millions, during mass while visiting Poland’s holiest site, Pope Francis
stumbled at the altar and had to be helped to his feet. This happened during mass at Poland’s
Jasna Gora Monastery in the southern city of Czestochowa ahead of a trip by tram to meet pilgrims
from around the world.
According to the Daily Mail, The 79-year-old Pontiff fell to the floor close to the altar at the monastery
and had to be helped to his feet by priests who rushed to his aid. Walking in his long robe, with an incense holder in his hand, the Pontiff did not notice a step down from the platform and fell.
We know that the kind of fall the pope took is not all that unusual. NFPA’s Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, includes statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that show that 30 percent of people age 65 and older are involved in falls each year.
The pope was fine and carried on without any glitches, as he has done on other occasions when he has fallen.
Unfortunately some falls are fatal or permanently disabling. To address these concerns and the increased
risk of fire among older adults, Remembering When centers on 16 key fire and fall safety messages fire
and life safety educators and others can use when making presentations to older adults to help them live independently in their homes as long as possible. And for those interested in training on the program, applications for the 2016 Remembering When Scholarship Conference will be accepted until August 15th.
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