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Posted on: September 17, 2012

[ARCHIVED] September 22 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day

National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is observed each year on the first day of fall to promote public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls which are the most common cause of non-fatal injuries among older adults.

National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is observed each year on the first day of fall to promote and increase public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults. Falls remain the leading cause of injury-related deaths among adults age 65 and older and are the most common cause of non-fatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. One out of three adults age 65 and older will fall this year. Injuries sustained from falls and a fear of falling can lead to isolation and lack of activity, which further increases the chance of someone suffering another fall. Don’t let this happen to you or someone you care about. There’s great news: most falls are preventable and are NOT a part of the aging process.

Take a step to be fall free by participating in one of the evidence-based programs offered by the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Portage County. These are designed to help reduce your fall risk through improved gait and balance, increased confidence and ability to manage your medications, vision screening, strength training, and/or home safety assessments.

Get “Med Wise”: Talking to Your Pharmacist
Interactive sessions aimed at improving communication with pharmacists by individuals and caregivers.

Walk with Ease
This is a program to help people living with arthritis better manage their pain and is also ideal for people without arthritis who want to make walking a regular habit.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise
Taught by certified instructors, this class is for people who have arthritis or mobility limitations.

Sure Step
Offers a one-on-one falls risk assessment and recommendations provided by a trained, registered nurse.

For more information call 715-346-1401.

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