Five hour fall prevention event Sept. 23

Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older
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CAREFREE/CAVE CREEK/N. SCOTTSDALE – The public is invited to learn how to prevent trips, slips and falls leading to injury at this free Fall Prevention event, taking place from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 23 at the FCF-Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., in Scottsdale.

The event includes balance screenings, Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong demonstrations, a panel discussion, equipment and resource displays along with interactive information. Immunizations for flu, pneumonia and shingles will also be available (there may be a cost, depending on insurance coverage). Lunch will be served, with a $5 suggested donation.

For information or to RSVP for lunch, call 480-488-1105.

According to the Area Agency on Aging in Phoenix:
• Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and over.
• Nearly 33 percent of all falls in the elderly involve environmental hazards in the home.
• Failure to exercise regularly results in poor muscle tone, decreased strength, and loss of bone mass and flexibility.

According to Debbra Determan, executive director of the Foothills Caring Corps, fall-related injuries are often serious enough to result in hospitalization and premature death. Persons who fall often face significant declines in mobility and independence.

“The good news is that many of these risk factors are preventable. The bad news is some people believe falls are a normal part of aging and are not preventable. This is not the case,” said Determan.