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LifeSupport Medical supports fall research at NMSU

The Department of Human Performance, Dance and Recreation, part of New Mexico State University's College of Education, recently received research equipment from LifeSupport Medical, a local emergency response and medical alarm company. The donation will help research efforts in assessing physical function and the risk of falls in older adults.

Picture of Robert Wood accepting a $12,000 donation from LifeSupport Medical CEO and Chairman Anthony Dohrmann.
Robert Wood, head of the Department of Human Performance, Dance and Recreation at New Mexico State University, left, accepts a $12,000 donation from LifeSupport Medical CEO and Chairman Anthony Dohrmann during "A Night to Remember," a networking event for healthcare professionals hosted by LifeSupport Medical Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Las Cruces Convention Center. (Photo courtesy of LifeSupport Medical)

New Mexico has one of the highest rates of fatalities in older adults due to falls. The in-kind donation of $12,000 included critical equipment needed to assess an older adult's physical function and to screen for fall risks at the university's Healthy Aging Lab, a research initiative for the HPDR department and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Robert Wood, HPDR department head, has worked with fall research since 2003 and, along with other university researchers, performs risk-factor screenings at local senior residential communities, senior centers and health fairs. Through these seminars and screenings, Wood helps the seniors identify where their risks for falls are greatest and how they might lessen those risks.

"Fall-prevention programs can lessen the rate of falls by as much as 55 percent. This has significant potential to improve the quality of life for our seniors and the cost of falls to our state and communities," Wood said. "We see this as an initial step in what we hope will be a wonderful partnership with LifeSupport Medical and believe this will significantly enhance our ability to improve the quality of life for older adults in New Mexico."

This initiative to predict and prevent falls, injuries and fatal accidents caused by age and health related circumstances is a vital part of LifeSupport Medical's mission.

"With fall prevention and home safety as our defining characteristic, investing in NMSU research provides a world class platform for our company to obtain the insight to advance our own home safety products and services," said Anthony Dohrmann, chairman and CEO of LifeSupport Medical.

"Our college is deeply grateful for LifeSupport Medical's generosity. This gift will help expand research and improve the well-being of aging adults," said Maria Martinez, assistant dean for advancement for the College of Education.