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  • Fall Prevention focus of Hospital’s Health Night Lecture

    ROME – Today, Americans are living longer while staying active and healthy. But as we age, we are at greater risk for falls which can impact our independence, mobility and overall health.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three adults aged 65 and older experience a fall.

    “Falls are preventable,” said Physical Therapist Justin Waters, PT, DPT. “Learning how to prevent falls and maintain one’s quality of life applies to everyone.”

    Waters and Andrew Smith, PT, DPT, physical therapists from Chestnut Commons Physical & Occupational Therapy will present “Fall Prevention: Staying Safe & Active” at Rome Memorial Hospital’s Health Night lecture, 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1. This special program will be held at Chestnut Commons Physical & Occupational Therapy, 107 E. Chestnut Street, Rome.

    “The purpose of the program is to increase everyone’s awareness of the risks and consequences of a fall and to provide practical methods to prevent a fall,” Waters explained.

    The physical therapists will also discuss:
    • Managing vertigo and dizziness to prevent falling;
    • Safety awareness; and
    • Physical conditioning.

    “Conditions that affect balance, such as vertigo, can increase your risk of falling,” Smith noted. Smith and Waters have advanced training in Vestibular Rehabilitation to treat symptoms of dizziness and balance problems associated with vestibular disorders.

    Smith said that regular physical activity is one of the most important ways to reduce falls because it keeps the body strong and prevents serious injuries. “Exercise builds strength and improves balance,” he added. “Many falls can be avoided by improved awareness, planning and physical conditioning.”

    “There is a significant risk of a wrist or hip fracture following a fall,” Smith explained. “Fall related injuries can have a serious impact on the individual and family.”

    Health Night is a free lecture series. RSVPs are encouraged for planning purposes, but not required. Refreshments will be served. Please use the entrance on the east side of Chestnut Commons. There will be signs to direct you.

    Please call 337-5309 to make your reservations or for more information.