Did you know that every year one in four Americans aged 65+ falls? Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls are costly — in dollars and in quality of life. However, falling is not an inevitable part of aging. This year, the Senior Activity Center will observe Fall Prevention Awareness Week with programs Monday through Thursday, September 26 through September 29.
There will be free presentations throughout the week. Speakers and featured topics will be:
- Breath and Balance– Monday, September 26, 1 p.m. with Rita Yribar
- Making Your Home Safe – Tuesday, September 27, 1 p.m. with Steve Monrad
- Safe Walking – Wednesday, September 28, 1 p.m. with Andy Arvidson
- Medication and Fall Prevention – Thursday, September 29, 1 p.m. with Michelle Moser
Free balance assessment appointments with therapists from Island Health will be available on Tuesday, September 27, and Thursday, September 29. Twenty-minute appointments are available between 10 a.m. and noon. Sign up at the Reception Desk or call (360) 293-7473.
There will be door prizes at each of the presentations and a grand prize at the end of the week for those who attend at least one of the presentations! The prizes will be on display in the lobby starting early in September. Please join us and learn what you can do to prevent your own or your friends and loved one’s falls.