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Keeping Mom and Dad Safe from Falls

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Among older adults, falls are a leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma. Falls can take a serious toll on older adults’ quality of life and independence. Begun in 2008, the first week of fall each year has been designated as Fall Prevention Awareness Week to recognize this critical issue.

At the heart of this initiative is the message that falls are preventable. Events are planned across the nation to raise awareness among older adults and their families and caregivers, elder care professionals, and the general public about the seriousness of falls and ways to reduce fall risk.

This event will be the kickoff for a new class being offered at the Y called A Matter of Balance. This evidence-based program is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels in older adults. Emphasizes strategies to reduce and manage falls.

The class is designed to benefit adults age 60 and older who are ambulatory and looking to improve flexibility, balance and strength.

Space is limited to 12 participants. If you’d be interested in joining the class, give a call to the Bayside Welcome Center at 245-2444 or stop by the Y at 70 West Street, Barrington.

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