Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center to host falls prevention and education event
Every 15 seconds, an older adult is seen in an Emergency Department for a fall-related injury.
According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those aged 65 and over. The chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall increase with age.
Because of this, Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill will host “Preventing Falls-One Step at a Time.” This awareness and educational event seeks to unite professionals, older adults, caregivers, and family members to play a part in raising awareness and preventing falls in the older adult population.
Preventing Falls One Step at a Time will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Rehabilitation Services Department located in the Menard Center on the Campus of Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center.
Older adults or anyone who feels they may be at risk for falling or have a family member at risk for falling is invited to attend for free fall screenings and prevention education. A tour and overview of Ministry Good Samaritan’s Rehabilitation Services Department programs and services will also be available. Refreshments will also be served.
“Falls are not a normal part of aging, and this event provides an opportunity to educate older adults and the community at large about how to reduce falls risks,” said Mary Witte, Director of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center. “We encourage seniors and their families to take proactive steps to prevent falls and stay independent for as long as possible.”
Advanced registration is not required, for more information please call Ministry Good Samaritan’s Rehabilitation Services Department at 715-539-2466.