Falls Prevention Awareness Day Coming Sept. 23
For the City-Times
Governor Scott Walker, by proclamation, has declared September “Falls Prevention Month” and September 23nd Falls Prevention Awareness Day in Wisconsin. In honor of Falls Prevention, the Aging and Disability Resource Center/Lincoln Center and Portage County’s Live Well Live Long Coalition will host a Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Tuesday September 23, 2013 from 10 AM- 2 PM.
Coalition members will showcase a variety of things you can do to prevent falls. At 11 am Marge Lebrick from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired will present how vision plays a role in preventing falls.
At 11:45 am Patty Dreier will present the Portage County Falls Proclamation. At 1:00 pm Stephanie Olson, Physical Therapist at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital will present how being Strong Today will keep you Fall Free Tomorrow.
This year’s theme, Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow seeks to raise awareness and prevent falls. Most falls can be prevented and everyone has the power to reduce their risk. Falls Prevention Awareness Day provides an opportunity to bring attention to this growing public health issue.
Exercising, balance testing, medication management, vision checks, and making your living environment safer are all steps you can take to prevent a fall. Join the ADRC for a fun filled day with guest speakers, displays, informational booths, refreshments and prizes. Lunch is served for seniors at noon with a small donation of $3.50.
Please call 715-346-1401 to reserve a lunch spot.
*Any seniors or caregivers unable to pay the $3.50 donation for lunch should contact the City-Times at 715-310-3319.