LIVINGSTON COUNTY – For Fall Prevention Awareness Month, the Livingston County Department of Health gave a statement recommending that elderly community members protect themselves as much as possible from falling and injuring themselves at home.
According to a press release from the Livingston County Department of Health, each year, thousands of elderly Americans fall and injure themselves, sometimes permanently.
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“Falls are often due to hazards that are easy to overlook, but can be simply fixed,” says the press release.
The Department of Health listed several things that elderly residents can do to prevent falling.
– Begin a regular exercise program
– Have your health care provider review your medications
– Have your vision checked
– Make your home safer
– Remove things you can trip over
– Remove small throw rugs or tape them down to keep from slipping
– Have grab bars next to your toilet and in the tub or shower
– Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors
– Improve lighting in your home to see better
– Have handrails and extra lighting put in stair cases
– Wear shoes both inside and outside of the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers,
unless they have a skid-proof sole.
September is Fall Prevention Awareness Month and Genesee Valley Health Partnership, UR Medicine/Noyes Health, Wegmans, Livingston County Office for the Aging and Livingston County Department of Health are sponsoring a Fall Prevention Workshop on Friday, Sept. 15 from 10
a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Lakeville Training Grounds.
Lunch is included.
“Please join us to learn strategies and skills to prevent falls in the home, connect with local resources and review your medication with a local pharmacist,” said the Department of Health in the release.
Registration is required. Anyone interested can call the Noyes Community Outreach Services by Sept. 8, 2017 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot for this event.