Foothills Caring Corps hosts Fall Prevention Expo on September 30

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fccCAREFREE/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 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 30, at the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 34605 N. Scottsdale Rd, 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. Depending on insurance coverage there may be additional fees. Lunch will be served with a $5 suggested donation.

For more information or to RSVP for lunch, call the Foothills Caring Corps at 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% 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.

Established in 2000, the Foothills Caring Corps is a volunteer driven non-profit 501 © (3) dedicated to promoting independence and enhancing the quality of life for older residents. Offices are located at 7275 East Easy Street, Suite B-103 in Carefree. Mailing address is P.O. Box 831, Carefree, Arizona 85377. For information, stop in, call 480-488-1105, write or visit