SEARHC Offers Fall Prevention for Older Adults Presentation at Haines Senior Center

November 13 2013

Haines –The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Health Promotion department is offering a free presentation on Preventing Falls to raise awareness of the many preventative measures that can be taken to keep older adults safe, prevent falls, and preserve their independence.

The Fall Prevention presentation will be offered from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 18th at the Haines Senior Center, 33 Mission Street, in the cafeteria.  This is open to the public and anyone who would like to learn more about how to reduce their risk of falling and learn tips to help older adults live independently as long as possible.

Cory Welsh and Renae Mathson will lead the presentation. Participants will learn how to gain confidence about managing the risk of falling through a combination of interventions: Making sure the home environment is safe and supportive, having medications reviewed periodically, getting eyes checked annually, consulting with a health professional about getting a fall risk assessment, and participating in a physical activity regimen with balance, strength training and flexibility components.

Falling is the most common and serious risk facing elders. The fear of falling can cause elders to limit their activity, which can lead to a decline in health and the loss of independence. Falls are also the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those aged 65 and over.  The chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall increase with age. By raising awareness among professionals, older adults, caregivers, and family members, everyone can play a part in the many preventive measures that can be taken to keep our elders safe.

To get more information, please contact Cory Welsh at 966-8866 or email cwelsh@searhc.org.