Local Organizations Work Together To End Older Adult Falls

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A local Falls Prevention Workgroup is partnering with the National Council on Aging and the Falls Free Coalition to celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Friday, Sept. 21 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Northgate Mall.

"One day every year, across the country, thousands of educators, caregivers, health and aging professionals, and older adults focus their efforts on one goal: preventing falls. 
 
"Falls are a leading cause of injury for people aged 65 and older, but they are not an inevitable part of aging and there are proven ways to prevent them.

"This fun community event will empower older adults to stay active, independent and safe in their homes and communities. Activities will include falls risk screenings, balance screenings, technology demonstrations, medication take-back, local resources and education about evidence-based falls prevention programs," officials said.
 
“If falls prevention isn’t something that you’re thinking about now, I promise there is someone in your life who’s worried about it,” said Lisa Harrison, director of Clinical Education and assistant professor of Physical Therapy at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. “This kind of education can change a community, and that’s why we’re proud to support NCOA’s Falls Prevention Awareness Day efforts as part of our year-round commitment to supporting older adults in Chattanooga."  
 
The event is sponsored by the Chattanooga Regional Health Innovation Coalition, Erlanger Trauma Services, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability; a program of the Southeast Tennessee Development District. 
 
“Falls prevention is a team effort that takes a balance of education, intervention and community support,” said Kathleen Cameron, senior director of NCOA’s National Falls Prevention Resource Center. “This annual coordinated celebration is an opportunity to look at the world around us, be aware of falls hazards, and take action to stay safe from falls.”
 
To find out more about this event and other local falls prevention related activities, contact Roni Hyde at 423-424-4254 or email vhyde@sedev.org.


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