St. Mary's Offers Fall Prevention Program for Seniors 12/12/2012
St. Mary’s Trauma Services will host a fall prevention program for seniors called “Standing Together to Prevent Falls” on Wednesday, December 19th from 10:00 a.m. to noon at 1400 Professional Blvd, in Conference Room B.
Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries the older population, and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions.
The focus of this program will be nutrition and physical activity. Unfortunately, many older adults who live alone and are on a limited income lack proper nutrition, especially protein. This leads to muscle wasting – one of the most common causes of falls among the older population. A dietician will explain this issue and provide simple ways seniors can incorporate more protein into their diets.
Helen Shymanski from the Women’s Wellness Center will talk about Tai Chi and yoga, which studies show are some of the most effective ways seniors can improve balance and strength.
The program is free, but space is limited so registration is required. For more information, please call St. Mary’s Trauma Services at 812-485-6827.