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Fall Prevention Seminar for Seniors


Care taker helps senior with walker during physical therapy at the Oak Park Arms A representative from Interim Healthcare will present a talk titled “Fall Prevention” at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

The commercial, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up,” is no joke. For seniors, falling rarely just happens but rather results from multiple causes that occur over time. As people age, their muscles and bones can weaken, balance can be affected, and certain medications and medical conditions can make falling and fractures more likely. Seniors who are also more prone to diseases like osteoporosis are more susceptible to falls.

Every year more than 1.6 million older adults go to the emergency department for fall related injuries. Falls are the main cause of fractures, loss of independence, hospital admissions and death.

The fear of falling causes older adults to avoid physical activities such as walking and exercise. But the truth is physical activity can help prevent falls. Some seniors who are concerned with falling go to physical therapy which can help improve balance, maintain physical health and prevent falls.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040

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