RWJ Hamilton Celebrates Fall Prevention Awareness Day
A fall can have more serious consequences than just a bruised knee or elbow. For some, especially older adults, a fall can have such serious consequences as a fracture to the spine, hip or extremities, and can even result in a traumatic brain injury.
RWJ Hamilton will mark NJ Fall Prevention Awareness Week with its annual “Catch a Fall Before it Happens” event on September 24, 2012. The event will take place at the RWJ Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury for adults age 65 and over. More than 18,000 older Americans die each year because of a fall, a rate that has been steadily increasing. According to Shirley Roberts, a community educator at RWJ Hamilton who specializes in the senior population, taking appropriate precautions can minimize the risk of a fall.
“At Fall Prevention Awareness Day, we will provide information about healthy lifestyle changes that will reduce the risk of falling,” says Roberts. “Studies show that regular exercise, medication awareness, vision checks and home safety can prevent falls and save lives.”
This free event features educational lectures on fall prevention from Pamela Basehore, EdD, MPH, and Stephanie Pelullo, MPA, of the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging at UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine. Blood pressure and balance screenings, along with a Tai Chi class, will also be provided at the event.
Registration required: 609.584.5900 or www.rwjhamilton.org/education