City, Arizona – Friday, October 10, 2014 – Sun Valley Lodge will be holding
two dynamic workshops focusing on balance and fall
prevention. The events will be held on Thursday October 23rd and Thursday, October 30th at 10:00 AM and will explore strategies to
keep older adults on their feet. Both
sessions are free to the public.
are the leading cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, loss of
independence, and trauma deaths for Seniors.
Each year, more than 1.6 million older U.S. adults go to
emergency departments for fall-related injuries. The
fall risk only increases with age. People age 75 and older who
fall are four to five times more likely than those age 65 to 74 to be admitted
to a long-term care facility for a year or longer.
Sun Valley Lodge assisted living director Blanche
Forrester will lead the discussions along with physical therapists Jaime Forbes
and Colin Gavrila. Both Jaime and Colin
work for Phoenix Home Health and regularly see Lodge residents.
The first session will concentrate on understanding the
body’s multiple systems – neurological, muscular/skeletal, and
cardiopulmonary. We will focus on how
they work together and how sensory, motor skills and nervous system change with
age. Finally, we will go over functional
ambulation requirements and strategies to prevent falls in the home.
The second session will help participants recognize how
most falls are the result of interacting risk factors and how to develop
strategies to reduce those risks. We
will help participants identify strategies and resources that can be used to
reduce risk and discuss the use of occupational therapy as a tool to help
prevent risks will also be covered.
blood pressure screening and free blood sugar tests will also be available at
both sessions. Each session will last about an hour with time for
questions at the conclusion. Seating for
these seminars is free to the public, but limited. Please contact the Lodge at (623) 933-0137 to
Sun Valley Lodge is a
nonprofit organization and has been providing independent living, assisted
living, and skilled nursing care in Sun City, Arizona for over 40 years.