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Main Line Health recognizes National Falls Prevention Day on September 22

Main Line Health September 21, 2018 News Releases

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.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Main Line Health system also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

Contact

Mary Kate Coghlan
Communications Specialist
Office: 484.580.1028
Cell: 610.308.6675
coghlanm@mlhs.org