September is Fall Prevention Awareness Month. Every year, one-third of all people over the age of 65 will experience a fall. Often, these falls can result in broken bones and/or a decline in the overall health of the individual. These types of accidents are especially prevalent in Alaska, due to the extreme weather conditions that we experience during our winters and the amount of construction work that is done in the summer months. Luckily, there are proven guidelines we can follow to minimize and prevent falls when outside of our homes. There are also many community resources and events that build awareness of fall prevention.
We encourage all seniors, their loved ones and caregivers to seek out the benefits of these community resources. Here are a few to get you started!
The Anchorage Senior Center
Fall Prevention Workshop
September 23, 2014
During this workshop, five organizations will present guidelines and techniques for avoiding falls. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Lunch is included.
Older, Wiser, Fitter, Faster
Begins September 8th, 2014
It is proven that regular exercise can greatly reduce the risk of falls. We have partnered with Alaska Fit to create a one-of-a-kind fitness and education program that is designed to improve the lives of anyone over the age of 60. Older, Wiser, Fitter, Faster is a unique program guaranteed to make you fitter, stronger and smarter in just 6 weeks (September 9- October 18th)! Please contact Alaska Fit for more information, at 907-783-1241.
Also, follow these tips to help prevent falls when you are out in the community:
Nobody wants to experience a fall that could injure them and potentially have lasting effects. Being observant of surroundings and aware of our own bodies is important, as well as remaining fit and active. Additionally, taking advantage of community resources can be helpful to anyone who is worried about having a fall or how to prevent falls for their loved ones. Education is power. We hope that we’ve helped to empower you today.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~Nelson Mandela