September 24, 2019
Program begins at 10:00 a.m.
1002 S. Pearl Street
Tacoma, WA 98465
Free. Open to the public. You do not have to be a member of the YMCA to attend.
Event Highlights Older Adult Fall Prevention
Fall Prevention Awareness Day 2019
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Falls are not a natural part of aging. Unexpected falls can result in a serious and costly injury. The good news is that most falls can be prevented! You have the power to reduce your risk of falling. Light lunch provided. Exercise demos, fall prevention tips, giveaways, fun activities, Lots of fall prevention presentations & community resources.
Falls do not go hand-in-hand with aging. But falls are often more serious with older adults and the consequences can be dramatic. And expensive. Most recently, falls among adults 65 and older cost $50 billion. And the physical consequences can change a life.
September is National Fall Prevention Month with the goal to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. The 2019 Pierce County Falls Prevention Day observance will be held Tuesday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Morgan Family YMCA, 1002 S. Pearl Street in Tacoma.
The event will provide practical information about the various causes of falls among seniors and the many things people can do to reduce their risk. Participants will be able to receive fall risk assessments, balance testing and blood pressure checks. The Pacific Lutheran University Department of Kinesiology will be on hand to provide individual fall prevention screenings.
“Falls are a scary thing,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources. “Most people know that falls are dangerous for older adults. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that one in five falls causes a serious injury such as a broken bone or head injury. Fear of falling can also seriously affect an aging adult’s quality of life and sadly, can keep a person from being active and thriving.”
The numbers are staggering. The National Council on Aging reports that one in four Americans age 65 and over falls each year. Nationally, every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall and every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall. They are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
The 2019 Pierce County Fall Prevention Day will provide participants with many tips and tools to help avoid falls and the catastrophic consequences including information about vision testing, prescription drug side effects, hearing problems, foot care and numerous ways to make the home a much safer place. Many community centers now offer specialized strength and balance programs such as SAIL – Stay Active and Independent for Life – which help seniors prevent falls.
The free conference is sponsored by the Pierce County Fall Prevention Coalition and Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. The event is free and RSVPs are not required. More information is available by calling the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600.