September 10, 2018
Fort HealthCare Celebrates Falls Prevention Education and Collaboration
Coordinated nationwide events mark the 11th anniversary of Falls Prevention Awareness Day
Fort Atkinson, WI (September 10, 2018) – Falls are not a normal part of aging, but they are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. That’s why Fort HealthCare is partnering with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Falls Free® Coalition to celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 21.
The coordinated 11 Years Standing Together to Prevent Falls anniversary celebrations bring together older adults and their loved ones, health and aging professionals, and community leaders in support of falls prevention. Fort HealthCare’s fun community event will empower older adults to stay active, independent, and safe in their homes and communities. Activities will include fall risk assessment, Timed UP and GO (Tug), The Four Stage Balance Test, Self Selected Walking Speed (also known as the 6th vital sign), 30 second chair stand test and provide information.
Location: Fort Therapy & Sport
1504 Madison Ave
Fort Atkinson WI 53538
Falls prevention education can be life-changing, not just for the older adults that participate in these events, but for their loved ones, and even our community. We are proud to support NCOA’s Falls Prevention Awareness Day efforts as part of our year-round commitment to supporting older adults in Jefferson County.
“Falls prevention is a team effort that takes a balance of education, intervention, and community support,” said Kathleen Cameron, Senior Director of NCOA’s National Falls Prevention Resource Center. “This annual coordinated celebration is an opportunity to look at the world around us, be aware of falls hazards, and take action to stay safe from falls.”
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. Our mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. Through innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy, NCOA is partnering with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. Learn more at ncoa.org and @NCOAging.
About the Falls Free® Initiative Led by the National Council on Aging, the Falls Free® Initiative includes 43 states and 70 national organizations, professional associations, and federal agencies working collaboratively to bring education, awareness, and evidence-based solutions to local communities. Falls Free® seeks to provide hundreds of thousands of older Americans with the resources and education needed to reduce their risk of injury. For more information, visit: www.ncoa.org/FallsFreeInitiative. Use #FPAD17 to join the conversation on social media.