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Friday, February 7, 2014

Fall prevention program planned at Griffin Hospital in Derby

DERBY - Griffin Hospital and The Agency on Aging of South Central CT will host a free Fall Prevention Program from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 7 in Griffin Hospital’s Dining Room, 130 Division St.

The program will discuss the dangers of falling, especially for seniors, and will help attendees prevent falls by: Teaching them to assess their, or a loved one’s, risk of falling, teaching and practicing exercises to improve balance and leg strength; providing a medication review; encouraging annual eye exams; and teaching ways to reduce tripping hazards at home.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of three adults 65 and older will fall each year. For those 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injury, death and hospital admissions for trauma.
Those who fall, even if not injured, develop a fear of falling. This fear causes people to limit their activities reducing their mobility, causing loss of physical fitness, which in turn increasing the actual risk of falling.
A light breakfast will be provided by Griffin Hospital Lifeline.

To reserve a seat or for more information, contact Daun, 203-732-7584 or dbarrett@griffinhealth.org.



This is a press release from Griffin Hospital.

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