On the 10th Anniversary of National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, the YMCA of Greater Nashua wants the Greater Nashua residents to learn the risk factors of falls.
September 22 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day and the YMCA of Greater Nashua is joining the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Falls Free Coalition for 10 Years Standing Together to Prevent Falls, a day of action to help raise awareness and prevention of falls in the Greater Nashua community.
Each year, it’s estimated that one out of three Americans aged 65 or older will suffer a fall, leaving many of these adults with a fear of falling that can cause them to limit physical activities. This leads to reduced mobility and diminished quality of life, and actually increases their risk of falling. In addition, as the population ages falls put an immense strain on the health care system, with the financial toll expected to reach $67.7 billion by 2020. The good news is that falls are preventable. With a focus on healthy aging, the Y is committed to helping older adults learn their fall risk and access programs that can help them reduce their risk for falls.
“As a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the Y is asking older adults, caregivers, family members and health care professionals to raise awareness and prevent falls in the older adult population,” said Elizabeth Covino, Director of Community Relations. “Falls are preventable, but many older adults and their families don’t know how to safely get active; the good news is that organizations like the Y can help.”
The first step to prevention is understanding risk.
Older adults can assess their fall risk by taking a simple test called The Falls Prevention Risk Assessment. Through this assessment, individuals can learn how routine activities and other factors help determine their risk for falls.
Once assessing risk, the next step is to take action.
The YMCA of Greater Nashua is helping to improve the health and well-being of older adults across the country through programs like Moving for Better Balance and EnhanceFitness. See below or visit our welcome centers for further information about these two great offerings at the YMCA of Greater Nashua helping to reduce the risk of falls in our older adult population.
The CDC suggests these basic lifestyle and safety changes to help reduce risk or prevent falls:
Begin an exercise program to improve your leg strength & balance.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines.
Get annual eye check-ups & update your eyeglasses.
Make your home safer by:
Removing clutter & tripping hazards.
Putting railings on all stairs & adding grab bars in the bathroom.
Installing proper lighting, especially on stairs.
A Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance
Branch: Merrimack Branch
Session Description: A research based training program for older adults. Exercises are designed around eight forms in the Yang style with variations to challenge and improve balance.
Cost: FREE with Membership
Branch: Nashua Branch
Session Description: EnhanceFitness is an evidence-based, group exercise program that uses simple, easy-to-learn movements that motivate older adults to stay active throughout their lives. The program uses exercises focused on cardiovascular endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance which can help reduce the severity of arthritis symptoms. Certified instructors promote an atmosphere that encourages social interaction, which is a vital part of health and well-being for older adults. This 10-week program is offered at the Nashua branch and welcomes older adults at all fitness levels. The program is especially beneficial for older adults living with arthritis.
Cost: Member = $50, Community = $100
Register: To learn more about our class availability, please contact Kimberly Adie, at 603.882.2011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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