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FREE Fall Prevention Workshop Sept 18


1 in 3 Older Adults Experience A Fall 

Learn how you can prevent falls and reduce your risk of falling.  

This FREE workshop:

  • Covers home and community safety tips

  • Educates on the systems/senses involved in balance

  • Addresses the factors that contribute to falls (including

  • medications, health/medical conditions)

  • Describes the role of exercise in fall prevention

  • Shows how we check for balance

  • Demonstrates exercises/treatments for improving balance


Date:            Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Time:            1:00-2:00 pm
Location:       Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N Court St
Cost:             Free to all! Bring a friend

Register:       Call 530.246.9622  

PRESS RELEASE

During National Falls Prevention Awareness Month, the Shasta Family YMCA wants Redding residents to learn the risk factors for falls and how to prevent them

Redding, CA September 1, 2019 – September is National Falls Prevention Awareness Month and the Shasta Family YMCA is joining the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Falls Free Coalition to help raise awareness and prevention of falls in our community. 

Each year, it’s estimated that one out of four Americans aged 65 or older will suffer a fall, leaving many adults with a fear of falling that can cause them to limit physical activities. This leads to reduced mobility and diminished quality of life and can increase their risk of falling. In addition, as the population ages falls put an immense strain on the health care system, with the financial toll expected to reach $67.7 billion by 2020.

The good news is that falls are preventable. With a focus on healthy aging, the Y is committed to helping older adults learn their fall risk and provide resources that can help them reduce their risk for falls.

The first step to prevention is understanding risk. Older adults can assess their fall risk by taking a simple test available on our website and attend a FREE Fall Prevention Workshop on September 18 from 1:00-2:00pm.  The YMCA is presenting this valuable workshop in partnership with the Rose Center co-owner Michael Dendas. Mike has over 14 years of experience in geriatric rehabilitation. He utilizes exercise-based treatment approaches with an emphasis on posture and total body conditioning.

“Even older adults who are in good health can suffer a fall, and many families oftentimes underestimate the risks and steps needed to prevent them,” said Kristen Lyons, CEO, Shasta Family YMCA. “Fortunately, community-based organizations like the Y are a great resource for any older adult, family member or caregiver who wants to learn what they can do to not only decrease the risk of a fall but improve overall health and well-being.”

The Shasta Family YMCA is helping to improve the health and well-being of older adults across the country through programs like Enhance®Fitness, an evidence-based program proven to improve strength, balance and mobility.  Enhance®Fitness classes are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11am and include before and after assessments to track participant’s progress.  With regular attendance, participants are seeing great results. “Enhance®Fitness has been perfect for me because it has increased my stamina, flexibility and range of motion.  I have had three surgeries and one minor stroke, but this class has helped me develop my skills and strength so that am getting stronger with each class.,” said Vicki Sharp, class participant.  To learn more about the Shasta Family YMCA’s Enhance®Fitness program and other Senior fitness programs, please contact our Member Services at 530.246.9622.

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