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image of man and women performing Tai ChiWhile falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injury for people 65 years of age and older, they are not an inevitable part of aging.

Studies show that a combination of behavior changes can significantly reduce falls among older adults.

 

 

Experts recommend:

  • Participating in a physical activity regimen with balance, strength training, and flexibility components.
  • Consulting with a health professional about getting a fall risk assessment.
  • Having medications reviewed periodically.
  • Getting eyes and ears checked annually.
  • Making sure the home environment is safe and supportive.

The recent United States of Aging Survey polled older adults to find out about how they are preparing for their later years. It found that more than half of seniors questioned said they would be interested in the expansion of community-based health promotion programs, including falls prevention classes.

At senior centers and other community-based organizations across Westchester County, programs like A Matter of Balance, Tai Chi, Yoga and other fall prevention strength building exercise classes help older adults gain strength, improve balance and build confidence to help them live healthier lives and preserve their independence.

Falls Free® Initiative 
Westchester County is part of the national Falls Free® Initiative, which includes 43 state-based falls prevention coalitions and 70 national organizations, professional associations and federal agencies across the country dedicated to reducing fall-related injuries and deaths among older adults.

The registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) at Westchester County's Department of Senior Programs and Services annually present a variety of nutrition-related fall-prevention topics at senior centers and nutrition sites during the months of September and October.

Falls Prevention Awareness Day
The eleventh annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed  Sept. 22, 2018 - the first day of fall. This year's theme for Westchester is "Stay Active and On Your Feet." The Prevent Falls programs in 2018 seeks to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. Read more in the flier.

Educational programs scheduled annually
Starting in September and into October, education programs may be found county-wide in recognition of Fall Prevention Awareness Day. The registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) at Westchester County’s Department of Senior Programs and Services will present a variety of nutrition related fall prevention topics at senior centers and nutrition sites during the months of Sept. and Oct. Don’t miss out. Review the list below for further details.

Seniors do not have to live in a community to attend its program, but reservations are required.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fall Prevention at the Village Fair “Nutrition for Fall Prevention and Senior Health”
Mt. Pleasant Community Center
125 Lozza Drive, Valhalla, NY
Information on Fall Prevention and Senior Nutrition available at the Westchester County Department of Senior Program and Services (WCDSPS) table at the “Celebrate Aging” Livable Communities Village Fair.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fall Prevention Resource Table
Senior & Caregiver Health Fair Jefferson Village Community Center
3500 Hill Blvd, Yorktown Heights, NY
Information on Fall Prevention and Senior Nutrition presented by WCDSPS Nutrition staff.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m.
“Stay Active and On Your Feet” Falls Prevention Presentation
Theodore D. Young Community Center
Senior Nutrition Program
32 Manhattan Ave., White Plains, NY 10607
Presented by Kathy Santoro, RDN, CDN Call (914) 989-3600 for lunch reservations.

Friday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m.
“Stay Active and On Your Feet” Falls Prevention Presentation
Yonkers Office for the Aging / Bronx River Road Scotti Center
680 Bronx River Road, Yonkers, NY 10704
Presented by Patty Szeliga, RDN, CDN Call (914) 377-6490 for lunch reservations.

Monday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m.
“Stay Active and On Your Feet” Falls Prevention Presentation
Yonkers Office for the Aging/Chema Center
435 Riverdale Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10705
Presented by Patty Szeliga, RDN, CDN Call (914) 377-6490 for lunch reservations.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m.
“Stay Active and On Your Feet” Falls Prevention Presentation
Port Chester Senior & Community Center
222 Grace Church St., Port Chester, NY
Presented by Kathy Santoro, RDN, CDN Call (914) 939-4975 for lunch reservations.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 12:15 p.m.
“Stay Active and On Your Feet” Falls Prevention Presentation
Mt. Kisco Senior Center, Fox Center
198 Carpenter Avenue, Mt. Kisco, NY
Presented by Fox Rehabilitation Staff. Call (914) 337-0390 for additional information.

Friday, Sept. 21, 12:30 p.m.
“Stay Active and On Your Feet” Falls Prevention Presentation
New Rochelle Hugh A. Doyle Senior Center
94 Davis Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10805
Presented by Patty Szeliga, RDN, CDN Call (914) 235-2363 for lunch reservations.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 9:30 a.m.
“Stay Active and On Your Feet” Falls Prevention Presentation
Eastchester Senior Center
600 White Plains Road, Eastchester, NY
Presented by Kathy Santoro, RDN, CDN Call (914) 337-0390 for lunch reservations.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, Noon
“Stay Active and On Your Feet” Falls Prevention Presentation
Mamaroneck Senior Center
1288 Boston Post Road, Larchmont, NY 10538
Presented by Nella Caggiano, RDN CDN Call (914) 834-8840 for lunch reservations.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 11:30 a.m.
“Stay Active and On , Your Feet” Falls Prevention Presentation
Peekskill Senior Nutrition Neighborhood Facility Center
4 Nelson Ave, Peekskill, NY 11:15 a.m.
Presented by Theresa George RDN, CDN Call (914) 734-4250 for lunch reservations.

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 11:30 a.m.
'Stay Active and On Your Feet” Falls Prevention Presentation
White Plains Senior Center, City of White Plains Community Center
65 Mitchell Place, White Plains, NY
Presented by Fox Rehabilitation Staff at 12:45 p.m. and Nella Caggiano, RDN CDN at Noon.
Call (914) 422-1336 for information.

Thursday, Sept. 27, Noon
“Stay Active and On Your Feet” Falls Prevention Presentation
YWCA of Yonkers, 87 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701
Presented by Manuel Alonso. Call (914) 963-0640 for lunch reservations.

Friday , Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m.
Stay Active and On Your Feet” Falls Prevention Presentation
Yorktown Community & Cultural Center
1974 Commerce St Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Presented by Theresa George, RDN, CDN Call 962-7447 for lunch reservations.

Friday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to Noon
Fall Prevention Resource Table
Cortlandt Senior Health & Wellness Fair
Muriel H. Morabito Community Center
29 Westbrook Dr, Cortlandt, NY
Information on Fall Prevention and Senior Nutrition presented by WCDSPS Nutrition staff.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 12:30 p.m.
“Stay Active and On Your Feet” Falls Prevention Presentation
Eastchester Senior Center
600 White Plains Road, Eastchester, NY
Presented by Kathy Santoro, RDN, CDN Call (914) 337-0390 for lunch reservations.