Falls are a leading cause of death among individuals 65 and older, and they can be a major contributor to aging adults losing their independence. That’s why Hillcrest Health Services is partnering with the National Council on Aging and the Falls Free® Coalition to celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 22.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Falls Prevention Awareness Day: “10 Years Standing Together to Prevent Falls.” The celebration is intended to bring together aging adults and their loved ones, health professionals and community leaders in support of falls prevention. Hillcrest’s community event will empower aging adults to stay active, independent and safe in their homes and communities.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hillcrest Country Estates Grand Lodge, guests can enjoy educational sessions, on-site screenings, interactive activities, access to community partners and more.
This event is FREE and open to the community. The first 250 participants will receive a free gift.
“Many people are surprised to hear that falls are such a large contributor to deaths in the aging population,” said Paul Gardner, Director of Home and Community Rehab Services. “We hope seniors will join us for Falls Prevention Awareness Day so we can provide the necessary education to understand the risks of falling and ultimately help to prevent future falls.”
Educational sessions include Falling Gracefully (How to Fall), Falling is Not Just Physical (Cognition and Environment), Exercise for the Ages (Senior Exercise) and Learning to Walk (You’ve Been Doing it Wrong for Years).
“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 Falls Prevention Awareness Day and NOCA’s work to prevent falls, go to www.ncoa.org/FallsPrevention. For more information about Hillcrest’s Falls Prevention Awareness Day, call Paul at (402) 682-6482.
Hillcrest Country Estates Grand Lodge is located at 6021 Grand Lodge Ave in Papillion, just off Highway 370 and 60th Street.