Remaining independent workshop planned for June


NEW HARTFORD — Meadows Senior Living will host a fall prevention workshop, “How to Prevent Falls and Remain Independent,” from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, June 6, in Building F, 4310 Middle Settlement Road.

The interactive fall prevention workshop will be presented by clinicians from COAST Physical Therapy, in an effort to help community members reduce their risk of falling and allow them the ability to remain independent and age in place.

Although falls can considerably diminish one’s ability to lead an active and independent life, most falls can be avoided. Learn what conditions make one more likely to fall and what can be done to prevent falls, including talking to one’s health care provider about specific risk factors to determine if modifications in medications or a plan of care is needed. Other options are to begin a strengthening/balance training program and making one’s home safer by removing tripping hazards, placing railings on stairways/grab bars in bathrooms, and adding night lights for improved visibility with ambulation in the middle of the night.

According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “1 out of 4 older people fall each year, but less than half tell their doctor.” In addition, 1 out of 5 falls cause serious injury, such as a broken bone or head injury, which may make it difficult for a person to get around, perform every-day activities, or live on their own.

The CDC developed the STEADI Initiative (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries), which offers a coordinated approach to implementing fall prevention programs in the community to help reduce fall risks.

The interactive fall prevention workshop is being offered, in support of this initiative, in addition to a free Fall Risk Screening, which will be offered to all attendees. The screening includes standardized gait and balance assessment tests, which are used to determine if individuals are at a high risk of falling. Participants will be provided with results of this screening, to take to their health care providers for appropriate follow-up, and will also be given useful fall prevention educational materials.

Those who wish to attend the event are encouraged to register, in order to secure a seat, by calling the Meadows Senior Living office at 315-624-9915. If interested in having a tour of the community, request a tour at the time of registration.

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