Healthy Living: Local News
Over 65? Get A Grip, Don't Trip
Story Updated: Aug 28, 2012
Falls are the number one cause of traumatic death in people over the age of 65.
That's why Jefferson County Public Health has come up with a new program called "Get a Grip, Don't Trip."
It begins on September 21, which is also National Fall Prevention Day and the first day of fall.
The six-week program, which runs every Friday from 11 a.m. until noon at the Jefferson County Public Health building on Meade Street in Watertown, is free and open to all seniors or caregivers of seniors.
The program includes education on the following areas to prevent falls:
1. Vital signs assessment
2. Vision assessments
3. Home reviews
4. Strength and balance assessments
5. Medication reviews
6. And Tai Chi for fall prevention (3 of us have taken a course in this area.)
The course will be taught by physical therapists, occupational therapists and nurses.
A pharmacist will complete medication reviews.
For more information, call (315) 786-3710.