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Community Care Northumberland focuses on fall prevention

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

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NORTHUMBERLAND -- November is Falls Prevention Month, and Community Care Northumberland wants to help local seniors prevent these mishaps.

The agency's press release included some Canada-wide statistics that illustrate why this topic is of such concern.

  • Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults.
  • Falls among older adults account for $2-billion in direct health-care costs annually.
  • After hospitalization for a fall, more than one-third of older adults will be admitted to long-term care.
  • Falling can lead to depression, mobility problems and loss of independence.

Community Care Northumberland is offering free falls-prevention classes aimed at helping seniors decrease the negative effects and potential injuries associated with falls and near-falls. Trained health care professionals will be leading these classes, with several location options throughout the county.  

Each class is broken up into two components:

  • A half-hour of falls-prevention education, real-life scenarios on trips, hazards, lighting, effects of medications and other factors, designed to increase one's ability to make positive changes to his or her environment and choose safer ways to do activities.
  • A half-hour of light exercises that are designed to work on strength and balance.

Classes run twice weekly for a 12-week period.

"Preventing falls by strengthening our bodies and educating ourselves on how to prevent them is key to helping us stay healthy," executive director Trish Baird said in the press release.

"We want to help seniors keep their balance and stay independent in our own homes longer."

Baird added that funding from the Central East Local Health Integration Network allows them to offer the program free of charge.

Seniors interested in this program are asked to complete a screening questionnaire to help ensure their safety. During the first week, a brief review of the participant's abilities is completed so that improvements can be made by the end of the program.

For more information and to register, contact your local Community Care office:

  • Campbellford -- (705) 653-1411 or campbellford@commcare.ca
  • Cobourg -- 905-372-7356 or cobourg@commcare.ca
  • Colborne -- 905-355-2989 or colborne@commcare.ca
  • Hastings -- (705) 696-3891 or hastings@commcare.ca
  • Port Hope -- 905-885-9860 or porthope@commcare.ca
  • Warkworth -- (705) 875-7654 or warkworth@commcare.ca

Information about this program can also be found at: www.commcare.ca/wellness.html.

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