The Valley Parish Nurse Program at Griffin Hospital and Griffin Hospital Lifeline will host a free Fall Prevention Program
on Fri., Sept. 22 from 9 a.m.-noon at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division Street in
The program will discuss the
dangers of falling, especially for seniors, and will help attendees prevent
falls by: Assessing their fall risk; teaching them to assess their, or a loved
one’s, risk of falling; teaching and practicing exercises to improve balance
and leg strength; providing a medication review; encouraging annual eye exams;
teaching ways to reduce tripping hazards at home and learning how to get up or
to call for fast help if a fall occurs.
According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, one out of three adults 65 and older will fall
each year. For those 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injury, death
and hospital admissions for trauma. Those who fall, even if not injured, develop
a fear of falling. This fear causes people to limit their activities reducing
their mobility, causing loss of physical fitness, which in turn increases the
actual risk of falling.
A light breakfast will be provided
by Griffin Hospital Lifeline.
To reserve a seat or for more information,
contact Esther at 203-732-1523 or firstname.lastname@example.org.