From the Experts

6 Fall Prevention Events Coming Soon!

Kristen D. Smith, MPH

By Kristen D. Smith, MPH
Co-Chair of the Fall Prevention Task Force and Health Promotion Manager for Aging & Independence Services, County of San Diego

Have you or a loved one slipped and fallen recently?

Each year, more than 12,000 older adults in San Diego County arrive at the hospital after a fall.  You are more likely to fall if you take multiple medications, have low Vitamin D, get dizzy, have problems seeing, or have trouble walking and getting around. However, there are many things you can do to stay active, independent, and fall-free. That is why the California State Legislature has designated September 22-28 Fall Prevention Awareness Week.

The County of San Diego and the San Diego Fall Prevention Task Force have been leading the way locally in education and resources to keep older adults from this type of harm. These local service providers have planned 6 events in locations around the County during Fall Prevention Awareness Week to educate older adults and caregivers on how to prevent falls:

Balancing Your Health…One Step at a Time

Each event will feature dynamic speakers, balance and other health screenings, and exhibitors with local resources. All events are free – register by calling the Southern Caregiver Resource Center at 1–800–827-1008.

Tuesday, Sept 24th from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. Poway:

North Inland Older Adult Center, 15905 Pomerado Road, Poway, CA 92064

Wednesday, Sept 25th from 8:30 – 11:30 am.  Downtown:

Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, 1525 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.

Wednesday, Sept 25th  from 12:30 – 4:00 pm.  Carlsbad:

Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Thursday, Sept 26th from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Chula Vista:

Chula Vista Elks Lodge, 901 Elks Lane, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Friday, Sept 27th from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. La Mesa:

La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942.  This event will also include caregiver issues and offers free respite care.

Friday, Sept 27th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Vista:

Vista United Methodist Church, 490 South Melrose Drive, Vista, CA 92081