Winter fall prevention talk slated

Terry Giegengack, director of Human and Social Services, announced that Mary Rocchi, physical therapist from the Ahlbin Rehabilitation Center in Southport will give a free talk, “Winter Fall Prevention” Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m., at the Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace.

According to the National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Aging, falling can be a very serious issue for seniors. A fall can change a person’s life. It can lead to disability and a loss of independence. If a person’s bones are fragile from osteoporosis, he/she could break a bone, often a hip. But aging alone doesn’t make people fall. Diabetes and heart disease affect balance. So do problems with circulation, thyroid or nervous systems. Some medicines make people dizzy. Eye problems or alcohol can be factors. Any of these things can make a fall more likely.

Falls and accidents seldom “just happen.” Taking care of your health by exercising and getting regular eye exams and physicals may help reduce your chance of falling. Getting rid of tripping hazards in your home and wearing nonskid shoes may also help. To reduce the chances of breaking a bone if you do fall, make sure that you get enough calcium and vitamin D.

People who wish to have advice on their own bone health should consult their medical provider. There are many other problems that can cause falling. The public is urged to attend this very valuable free talk to learn more about what causes falls and how to prevent them.

Anyone interested in this talk is asked to call 203-256-3166 on Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3:30 pm and pre-register. The Senior Center is handicapped accessible and free parking is available.

Bus transportation is available to Fairfield residents by registering in advance. Call 203-256-3168 to sign up for bus transportation. The Senior Center offers a $2. lunch. To reserve lunch, call at least three days in advance to 203-256-3118 after 10 a.m.

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