Free seminar on preventing falls


According to the National Council on Aging, every 11 seconds an older adult is seen in an emergency room for a fall-related injury, and many of those falls are preventable.

Find out how to reduce your risk for falls in a free seminar on Wednesday, June 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Center for Health Education, 740 SW Ninth St., Newport. Jamie Johnston, occupational therapist, and Jennifer Miller, physical therapist, both of Samaritan Rehabilitation Services – Newport, will show participants some ways to keep upright.

“Falling is not inevitable with old age. The stronger our muscles are, the better they hold us upright,” said Miller, manager of Samaritan Rehabilitation Services – Newport. “By incorporating some fairly simple exercises to improve your balance and to strengthen your core muscle group, one’s body can keep you steady on your feet for as long as possible.”

In the seminar, she and Johnston will address fall risk factors, exercises to improve balance and strength, home safety considerations, assistive devices and adaptive equipment. In addition, a timed “up and go” test, plus simple balance challenges, will be offered to those who wish to participate.

The seminar is open to all, Miller added. “This seminar is for anyone who wants to improve their balance and strength at any age.” Registration is not required.

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