Middletown Senior Center to Host Fall Prevention Talk
Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries for people 65 and older, according to an announcement from the Rhode Island Department of Health.
Every year, more than 18,000 older Americans die because of a fall. In Rhode Island, falls-related injuries are the cause of 2,370 hospitalizations and more than 100 deaths.
The Rhode Island Department of Health is promoting Falls Prevention Awareness Day on the first day of fall, Sept. 23 at locations throughout the state.
Safe Rhode Island, the Dept. of Health’s injury prevention program, is co-sponsoring events across the state for older adults to promote awareness and prevention around the issue of falls.
Events will include falls prevention education, or balance and strength training such as Tai Chi, Zumba, and yoga.
A limited number of complimentary night lights along with educational brochures will be given out at all events.
The night lights turn on automatically when it is dark, thereby decreasing the risk of falls by providing light to dark areas in a home.
“Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits among Rhode Islanders 65 and older,” said Director of Health Michael Fine, MD. “It is estimated that one out of every three older adults will fall each year. We need to raise awareness of preventive measures that can keep seniors safe in Rhode Island.”
The Dept. of Health recommends that older adults take steps to reduce the risk of falling by engaging in physical activities that include balance, strength training, and flexibility components. They should also consult with their healthcare provider about getting a falls risk assessment, having their medications reviewed periodically, getting their eyes checked annually, and making sure their home environment is safe and supportive.
Falls prevention awareness activities are being held throughout the months of September and October. All events are free and open to the public.
In Middletown, two upcoming events include:
- September 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the Middletown Senior Center, 650 Green End Avenue, Middletown: Falls Prevention Discussion group led by Jenny Durante from Heatherwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
- October 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Middletown Senior Center, 650 Green End Avenue, "Fear of Falling and Staying Safe at Home"