Yesterday my Dad, now 92, fell. Fortunately he wasn't hurt. Six years ago my mother fell and broke her hip. While she recovered just fine physically, the trauma of the injury and the recovery process accelerated her Alzheimer's and took her to the next level.
While falling seems to be accepted as simply part of the aging process, there's so much you can do to create more awareness and a program to help prevent so many of the injuries. On September 22 and 23 there are two programs going on in the area to help you raise the bar on safety for you and your loved ones, but it all has to start with recognizing the challenge and putting aside the time to raise awareness.
Falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States, accounting for approximately 8.9 million visits to the emergency department annually according the the National Safety Council. (NSC Injury Facts 2011). Adults 55 and older are more prone to becoming victims of falls, and the resulting injuries can diminish the ability to lead active, independent lives. The number of fall deaths among those 65 and older is four times the number of fall deaths among all other age groups.
Join us Monday, Sept. 22, at the Catlin Friendship Center, 2350 Scenic Drive in Venice to learn more about how you can avoid a debilitating fall. From 10 a.m. - noon Balance Movement exercises will be demonstrated, along with presentations on safety in the home, and how to get up from a fall. Please plan to attend and bring a friend. Following these presentations, Kimberley Patterson from Solaris Rehab will provide free balance testing using state- of-the art equipment. This is very helpful if you have balance issues or potential balance concerns in the future. Donations are appreciated.For more information, in Venice, please call Tom Harlow at 584.0075
In Sarasota, Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed Tuesday, Sept. 23, at The Friendship Center, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, from 9 a.m. - noon. Presentations on how medication, vision and hearing can affect balance are planned, along with a half hour Balance Movement class and how to get up from a fall. Kimberley Patterson from Solaris Rehab. will provide free balance testing. For more information contact Penny Evenson at 556.3259.
Balance Movement & Falls Prevention Classes are offered at both the Venice and Sarasota Centers on an ongoing basis. They are designed to help Improve your core strength and reduce the chance of a dangerous fall.