Jefferson Healthcare – Falls Prevention Awareness Day
October 12, 2014 - 11 am to 3 pm
Physical Therapy and Rehab Center
efferson Healthcare is hosting a Falls Prevention Awareness Day on October 12, 2014 from 11 am to 3 pm in the Physical Therapy and Rehab Center at the main entrance. The event is free of charge.
This educational event will give participants much needed information on how to improve their personal safety and to prevent falling in their homes. There will be guest speakers discussing stability and balance as it relates to falls, information and resources from Jefferson Healthcare Home Health, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Pharmacy, Emergency Department, Age at Home, East Jefferson Fire and Rescue, and more.
There will be blood pressure screening, medication checks and fall risk assessments, a raffle and giveaways plus two scheduled presentations:
11:30 am Falls Prevention – How to Make You and Your Home Safer
2:30 pm Tai Chi – Learn the basic of better balance and stability.
In the recent data findings from the Jefferson County Community Health Needs Assessment, the top cause of accident deaths in Jefferson was falls followed by poisoning and motor vehicles. The vast majority of fall deaths are among adults age 65 and older. Fall deaths among adults age 65 and older are increasing over time.
Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those 65 years of age and over. Every 14 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. The chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall increase with age.
This event highlights the important roles professionals, older adults, caregivers, and family members play in raising awareness and preventing falls in the older adult population.
Studies show that a combination of interventions can significantly reduce falls among older adults. Experts recommend:
Programs like Tai Chi help older adults gain strength, improve balance, and build confidence to help them live healthier lives and preserve their independence.