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Ventura County Fall Prevention Coalition to host Seminar for Senior Citizens

fallPrevention Ventura County Fall Prevention Coalition to host Seminar for Senior Citizens“United we stand, divided we fall” isn’t just a patriotic slogan; it is also the rallying cry of coalitions, health care providers, and senior service agencies across the state during Fall Prevention Awareness Week, September 22 – 28, 2013.

On Friday, Sept. 27, Ventura County’s Fall Prevention Coalition will host a free elderly fall prevention seminar from 12 noon – 4 p.m. at the Ventura County Medical Center, Ambulatory Family Medicine Residency & Specialty Care Center (AFMC), 3291 Loma Vista Rd., Bldg. 340, Ventura.

Fall prevention week takes place during the first week of fall/autumn and shines a light on the risks associated with seniors who experience accidental falls. According to the Ventura County Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMS), in 2012, Ventura County experienced more than 5,200 falls among people 65 years and older, with a significant number of hospitalizations, resulting in an average cost of $61,000. According to evidence-based research, the fear of falling can lead to depression, isolation, loss of independence, as well as a large financial toll.

While the risk of falling increases with age, there are interventions that can help reduce falls, including having a fall risk assessment by a health care professional; performing regular physical activity to increase balance, strength, and flexibility; and undergoing a home assessment and making suggested modifications.

On Sept. 27, the Ventura County Fall Prevention Coalition will educate older Ventura County residents and service providers about ways to reduce fall risks and access fall prevention programs by: participating in community events; launching online media campaigns, requesting proclamations from the County, and distributing multilingual fall prevention handouts and posters to community centers, senior housing, congregate meal sites, medical centers, and non-profit organizations.

In addition to having a multidisciplinary panel of speakers (Fire Department, Paramedics, Physicians), there will be testing sites for blood pressure, vision, physical therapy strength evaluation, and medication screening, along with affiliated supporting aging agencies/vendors.

The Ventura County Fall prevention Coalition will also promote The Falling Monologues, a series of humorous and educational performances about common fall risks and ways to reduce them, written and directed by Marilyn Faber and performed by older adults, available at: http://www.stopfalls.org/fallingmonologues/.

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