(Torrington, CT) – The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and Maria Brooker Memorial are presenting a FREE health talk entitled “Defying Gravity: Fall Prevention” on Tuesday, February 9th, at The Maria Seymour Brooker Memorial, 157 Litchfield Street, Torrington, CT, from 11 a.m. – 12 noon.
The second in its Age Well! Live Well Senior Health and Wellness Series, the talk will be presented by Amanda S. Hill, ORT/L, MA, Manager of CHH Rehabilitation Services, and include a presentation by followed by a question and answer session. The Talk is FREE. snow date is scheduled for the following Tuesday, February 16th if needed.
Please RSVP to CHH at (860) 496-6479 with name, phone number and number attending.
According to the CT Collaboration for Fall Prevention, more than 1/3 of all adults 65 years and older will fall this year and 50% will fall repeatedly. 90% of hip fractures are from falls. Falls and related injuries are the most frequently occurring preventable cause of nursing home placement. Falls should not be considered a “normal” consequence of aging and are one of the most preventable health problems we face!
CHH Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Department has recently added a new “Safe Steps” program to improve balance and significantly reduce the risk of falls in those individuals at risk in our community. The program is specifically designed for those that have had a previous fall, have difficulty walking, have balance difficulties, use four or more medications per day, have dizziness when standing or have difficulty with getting out of a chair independently.
Available at both of the CHH Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Clinics (1151 East Main Street and 538 Litchfield Street, Torrington, CT), the new initiative consists of a comprehensive physical therapy evaluation and treatment identifying individual problem areas and focusing on improving balance and minimizing fall risks. A healthcare team, consisting of therapists and the patient’s physician, work to design a customized plan of care that includes exercise, gait training, appropriate exercises for home, home environment education and general education on fall prevention.
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.
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