National Falls Awareness and Prevention week began Monday and falls are a leading cause of injury and hospitalizations in the United States for senior citizens.

One in three adults, age 65 and older, will fall each year. Falls are the number one reason why older adults relocate into nursing homes or assisted living. But these accident risks can be reduced resulting in a healthy and satisfying life.

Join the Cass County Falls Prevention Taskforce for a Falls Prevention Workshop Sept. 28 at 9 a.m. until noon at Calvary Church in Walker.

This free event is open to the public and features individual fall risk assessments and health screenings, information on home safety as well as demonstrations and local resources for personal fitness.

Programs represented will include Bone Builders, A Matter of Balance, Silver Sneakers, Tai Chi, SAIL (Stay Active and Independent for Life) Fit 4 Glory (a nonprofit advocating faith, family, food and fitness) as well as businesses dedicated to providing health, education and personal services to our older citizens.

Have questions regarding medications? Bring your prescription list with you to discuss with a pharmacist from Thrifty White Pharmacy. Also there will be a “Take it to the Box” medication disposal unit available in which to safely dispose of your expired or discontinued medications.

Several healthcare providers, services and product vendors will be available with giveaways and door prizes. At 11 a.m. there will be a presentation by a licensed Occupational Therapist centering on home modifications and fall prevention techniques. Learn how you or a loved one can reduce the risk of falls and live a healthier, independent life.

Additional sponsorship provided through LiveHealthy of Cass County, the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership and the University of Minnesota Extension.

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