FALL PREVENTION PROGRAM OF CONTRA COSTA COUNTY HOLDS FIRST COALITION MEETING AUGUST 20, 2008
Released on: August 12, 2008, 10:09 am
Press Release Author: Gennifer Mountain
Industry: Non Profit
Press Release Summary: On August 20, the Fall Prevention Program will bring community members and organizations together for the first Fall Prevention Coalition meeting. The intention is to learn more about fall prevention resources and needs in Contra Costa County and work together to create a long-term action plan.
Press Release Body: Did you know that in 2005 there were 2,254 fall related hospitalizations in Contra Costa County for people over the age of 60? And that average cost of a hospitalization due to a fall in our county was $52,447.16? The cost of falls in Contra Costa adds up to an estimated cost of $118 million a year. Of those who fall many suffer severe injuries such as bruises, hip factures, or head traumas. These injuries can make it hard to get around and limit independent living, as well as increase the risk of early death. Fortunately falls are often preventable with education, home risk prevention, medical assessment, and balance and mobility activities.
The new Fall Prevention Program of Contra Costa County strives to reduce preventable injuries, loss of independence and costs of death associated with falls among seniors and people with disabilities by raising awareness and developing fall prevention programs. The Fall Prevention Program operates under the auspice of Meals on Wheels - Senior Outreach Services in partnership with Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging, Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department's In Home Supportive Services, Contra Costa Health Services, Jewish Children & Family Services of the East Bay and John Muir Senior Services.
On August 20, the Fall Prevention Program will bring community members and organizations together for the first Fall Prevention Coalition meeting. The intention is to learn more about fall prevention resources and needs in Contra Costa County and work together to create a long-term action plan.
The keynote speaker at the event is Colleen Campbell, coordinator of the Senior Injury Prevention Program of Alameda County. Colleen will be sharing the history and successes of the Alameda County Fall Prevention Program with attendees to serve as a model of excellence in Fall Prevention work for Contra Costa County.
The 1st meeting of the Fall Prevention Coalition of Contra Costa County will be held at Pleasant Hill Recreation Center, 320 Civic Drive Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM. For more information or to RSVP, please call Gennifer Mountain at Meals on Wheels-Senior Outreach Services, Fall Prevention Program at 925-937-8311.
Some tips for preventing falls are: 1. Begin a Regular Exercise Program Exercise makes you stronger and improves balance and coordination. Ask your Doctor about the best type of exercise program for you.
2. Make Your Home Safer ∑ Remove things you can trip over from places where you walk ∑ Remove small throw rugs ∑ Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without a step stool ∑ Have grab bars put in where you can use them ∑ Improve lighting in your home ∑ Wear shoes both inside and outside the house, avoid wearing slippers or going barefoot
3. Have your vision checked Have your eyes checked at least once a year. You may be wearing the wrong glasses or have a condition that limits your vision. Poor vision and certain types of glasses can increase your chances of falling.
4. Have your health care provider review your medications As you get older, the way medicines work in the body can change. Some medicines or combinations can make you sleepy or dizzy and cause you to fall.
Web Site: http://mowsos.org
Contact Details: Gennifer Mountain
Falls Prevention Program Manager Meals on Wheels-Senior Outreach Services 1300 Civic Drive Walnut Creek, CA 94596 Phone: (925)937-8311 ext 110 Fax: (925)946-1869 www.mowsos.org