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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi’s work to keep seniors around the country safe from falls has earned him AARP’s top honor for lawmakers.

At Enzi’s Casper office Wednesday, Wyoming Director Rita Inoway and State President Les Engelter presented Enzi with the AARP Legislative Achievement Award for his bill to protect older Americans from falls, the Safety of Seniors Act (S. 845).

“It is an honor to receive this award on behalf of our nation’s older adults,” Enzi said.  “Falls are the leading cause of injury death and the most common cause of trauma-related hospital admission for older Americans.  I am pleased the Safety of Seniors Act is now a law because it will go a long way in protecting people from falls as they grow older.”

As Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Enzi introduced the Safety of Seniors Act and worked to get final Congressional passage.  The bill, which President Bush signed into law on April 23, is an important legislative step forward in protecting seniors because it gives the Department of Health and Human Services authority to oversee and support national and local education campaigns to reduce falls and prevent repeat falls among older Americans. 

The AARP Legislative Achievement Award is given to 10 senators and 10 representatives annually for their work on legislation benefitting older Americans.