Adults 60 years and older, as well as their families and caregivers, are invited to the third annual fall-prevention education series which starts tomorrow (Monday) and runs to Thursday at venues across the country. Free fall-risk screening will be given.
A release from the Stay Steady Foundation states falls are a serious concern and can be life-changing for older adults and their families. Research conducted two years prior to the commencement of the programme found one in two or three adults fell annually in this country. “These statistics are higher than those of developed countries,” the release stated.
The non-governmental organisation Stay Steady Foundation, powered by Total Rehabilitation Centre Limited, Enhance Rehab Services Ltd, and the faculty and doctorate students of the Physical Therapy Department at Springfield College, USA has a mandate to address this problem of falls in the ageing community.
The fora will feature educational presentations by a variety of healthcare providers, including physicians, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, on different issues in relation to falls and how to prevent them. There will also be breakout exercise sessions and booths displaying equipment, resources and services available. Screening is only for adults 60 years and older and they should wear comfortable shoes.
The dates and locations are as follows:
Monday, March 18: Warrenville Regional Complex, Cunupia 9 a.m.–12 p.m.;
Tuesday, March 19: Naparima Bowl, San Fernando 9 a.m. –12 p.m.;
Wednesday, March 20: Sangre Grande Civic Centre 9 a.m.– 12 p.m.;
Thursday, March 21: NAPA, Port of Spain 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
For more information please visit: www.staysteady.org, www.facebook.com/staysteadytt, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also call Total Rehabilitation Centre at 675-4973.
This event is sponsored by Guardian Group, The Massy Foundation and the Hip and Knee Clinic.