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FALL PREVENTION AWARENESS WEEK (FPAW) – September 22-26, 2014

Theme from NCOA: Strong Today, Falls Free®Tomorrow Plan: Schedule screening at locations where we’ll be teaching Stepping On classes just prior to starting the classes so we can immediately refer appropriate participants to the classes.

Schedule:

9/4/2014 - 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM at Centennial Hills Active Adult Center
6601 N Buffalo Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89131; 702-229-1702
Open to the public
Coordinated by Linda Blight & Kate Christiansen

9/9/2014 – 1 PM to 3 PM at Solera at Anthem
(2401 Somersworth Dr, HND, NV 89044; 702-207-1402
open only to residents of Solera
Coordinated by Burt & Judy Weinerman

9/20/2014 – 9 AM to Noon – Sun City Anthem
2250 Hampton Rd, HND, NV 89052; 702-614-5800
open only to residents of Sun City Anthem
Coordinated by Meg Poulson, Activities Director at SCA

9/22/2014 – Noon to 3:30 PM – Sun City Summerlin
10362 Sun City Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89134; 702-363-0918
open only to residents of Sun City Summerlin
Coordinated by Kristie McWhorter, Activities Director at SCS

9/24/2014 – 11 AM to 2 PM – Cleveland Clinic – Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
888 W Bonneville Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89106; 702-263-9797
Open to the public
Coordinated by Jen Nash

10/6/2014 – 10 AM to Noon – Humana – Green Valley
1000 N Green Valley Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89074; 702-269-5200
Open to the public but guests must call 702-269-5200 to register
Coordinated by Shannon Martin and Sue Schuerman

Nevada Goes Falls Free Coalition

Fall and fall-related injuries impose an enormous burden on individuals, society and the nation’s health care systems. According to the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control:

  • More than one-third of adults’ age 65 years and older fall each year.
  • Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths and the most common cause of injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.
  • Older adults are hospitalized for fall-related injuries five times more often than they are for injuries from other causes.
  • Of those who fall, 20 to 30 percent suffer moderate to severe injuries that reduce mobility and independence, and increase the risk of premature death.
picture of man and woman on laptop computer

The Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Injury Prevention staff at the Southern Nevada Health District looked at 2005 national data referenced above from the CDC concerning deaths and injuries to people 65 years and older. The national 2005 death rate (per 100,000 population) from unintentional falls for seniors 65 and over was 42.96. Available data for Nevada from 2004 showed the unintentional fall death rate for seniors 65 and over was 37.90, just slightly under the national rate but significant.

Additional information obtained from the Center for Health Data and Research (CHDR) at the Nevada State Health Division showed that there were 132 deaths as a result of unintentional falls in Nevada in 2004. Of the 132 deaths, 93 or 70 percent occurred in Clark County. Eighty-four or 64 percent of those deaths in Nevada were to seniors 65 and older. Hospital discharge data collected by the CHDR for the years 2003 through 2005 showed that 10,035 people were admitted to Nevada hospitals as a result of an unintentional fall. This was 45 percent of all hospital admissions for accidental injuries during that three year period.

Many falls and fall-related injuries can be prevented with existing knowledge and technology. The risk of falling can be reduced by following these steps:

  • exercise regularly
  • make your home safer
  • ask your health care provider to review your medicines
  • get your vision checked

Fall Prevention

While researching fall prevention efforts through the National Council on The Aging and the CDC, health district staff learned about the evidence based “Stepping On” Program. The health district purchased a copy of the “Stepping On” program manual and after thorough study, collaborated and combined resources with Touro University and the Barbara Greenspun Women’s Care Center to conduct the program as a pilot project.

The next step in expanding the “Stepping On” program in Clark County and Nevada was to develop a Nevada chapter of the NCOA’s Falls Free Coalition, which was done in January, 2011.

To celebrate National Fall Prevention Awareness Day, September 22, 2013, the Nevada Goes Falls Free Coalition designated the week of September 22 -28, 2013 as “Fall Prevention Awareness Week” in Clark County. The following activities took place:

  • Seven different sites were set up throughout the week to provide free fall risk assessments to seniors. The fall risk assessments followed the CDC’s newly developed STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) protocol.
  • The total amount of seniors screened at all the seven sites was 134.
  • Seventy-eight participants screened positive for fall risk and were directed to Stepping On classes set up to begin in October. Those classes were taught by eight leaders trained at the Stepping On Leader training held in June 2013.
  • Sixty-two of those referred enrolled in four Stepping On programs held at four of the screening locations, Humana Green Valley, Sun City Summerlin, Atria Seville and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center.
  • Sixty of the sixty-two enrolled completed the courses by early December 2013.


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