The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things. One thing that’s still the same? Falling is NOT a normal part of aging. However, falls remain a leading cause of injury for people aged 65 and older. Falls threaten older adults’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. However, through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based falls prevention programs, and clinical-community partnerships, the number of falls among older adults can be substantially reduced.
Taking action to address the risk of falling is an important way to stay healthy and independent as long as possible. Falls prevention activities are beneficial to everyone across the lifespan, and they can be fun!
During the month of September, we are focusing on Falls Prevention Awareness. Falls prevention is a team effort. There are others who want to help you maintain your mobility and reduce the risk of falling and injuries. Evidence-based community fall prevention programs are available through the Area Agency on Aging-Five County. The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease is one such program.
Beginning September 20th, we will be sponsoring a six week Walk With Ease Team Challenge. The sessions will be self-directed and participants will be asked to self-report their progress. Those of you who have participated in past challenges know how fun and beneficial these challenges are! Don't miss out on the Team Challenge of the Season, start your team or join a team today, just contact Maria!
For more information about the Walk With Ease Team Challenge: Walk Don't Fall and other evidence-based fall prevention programs, visit our website: www.areaagencyonagingfivecounty.org or contact Maria at 435-673-3548 or email@example.com.
Together, we can be FALLS FREE!