National Falls Prevention Day takes place on September 22, 2018, and helps to raise awareness and unite professionals, older adults, caregivers, and family members to play a part in falls prevention in the older adult population.
“Our clinicians have found that falls have been a leading cause of injury-related Emergency Department visits for older adults, and a major cause of hip fractures and fatal head injuries,” said Brian Duke, System Director of Senior Services, Main Line Health. “Numerous states and countries worldwide are now coalescing to address this growing public health issue and are working closely with occupational therapy practitioners to help implement practices to reduce falls.”
Main Line Health offers the following programs designed to improve balance, manage falls and increase activity levels:
- A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program that covers topics including: exploring thoughts and concerns about falling, exercise and fall prevention, assertiveness and fall prevention, managing concerns about falling and more.
- Healthy Steps for Older Adults is a program that has been endorsed by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging as a falls risk awareness program for individuals 50 years of age or older. This program covers an individual fall risk screening, recognizing fall hazards in the home and community, steps on how to reduce falls, healthy eating and exercise and more.
- Safer Steps is a one hour session where participants will learn how to stay independent by using strategies that focus on fall prevention. This class points out common safety hazards in the home, the importance of exercise, and other factors that lead to falls.
- Stretch your limits exercise program consists of a light aerobic warm-up, strength training with elastic tubing and dumbbells, and balance training and stretching with modified yoga and chair tai chi to help reduce your risk and fear of falls.
For more information about Main Line Health’s falls prevention programs, and to register for a class, visit mainlinehealth.org/falls.