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Fall Prevention Awareness

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is celebrated on the first day of fall, with this year's theme is "Standing Together to Prevent Falls". The goal is to raise awareness to help older adults reduce the risk of falling. To help seniors in the community, Attention Plus Care and Hawaii Kai Retirement will host "Prevent Falls" seminar scheduled for Friday, September 21, 2012 from 9am to 12pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the risks of falls, prevention, safety, and balance exercises. Also offered will be blood pressure screenings, flu shots, on-site tours, and lunch. Walgreens will administer the flu shots, and require either a Medicare or a health insurance card, along with a picture ID. Location will be at Hawaii Kai Retirement Community, at 428 Kawaihae Street in Honolulu. The event is free, but reservations are required by September 19, 2012. Call 440-9372 for reservations.

Attention Plus Care implements a Fall Prevention program for clients who are at risk for falls. The program outline strategies to minimize falls, including assessment, interventions and education. At the seminar, an experienced Register Nurse from the company will discuss how seniors can maintain their health and independence, by learning how to avoid falls. Eileen Phillips, RN, Client Services Director of Attention Plus Care will lead the seminar. "Poor balance can result in unwanted movement, such as a misstep, a wobble, or tripping. However, to reduce the chances of falling, it is important for older adults to incorporate exercises to help improve balance," said Phillips. "This seminar is a great opportunity for the community to learn exercises that is specifically designed to challenge their balance, and encourage regular physical activity."

Falls are the leading cause of injury, and even death for those aged 65 and over. In fact, every 15 seconds, an older adult is admitted into the Emergency Room for a fall-related injury. Even falls with minor injuries can seriously affect the quality of life of seniors by inducing a fear of falling, which can lead to social isolation and depression. According to the Centers for Disease Control, seniors can prevent falls by strengthening their lower limbs, balance, and reaction time.

"Aging in Hawaii" is an educational outreach program sponsored by Attention Plus Care, with the mission to provide resources for seniors and their families. Classes are instructed by a Registered Nurse, with a different topic each month. Classes are free, but space is limited. For more information, call 739-2811 or click HERE

Since 1983, Attention Plus Care has provided millions of hours of high quality home care to thousands of clients, in the comfort and safety of their own home. Attention Plus Care offers affordable home care solutions to clients, and respite for their families, to meet a full range of personal care and nursing services. The provider is licensed by the state of Hawaii, and is accredited with the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval. To ensure the highest caliber of caregivers, the company conducts background checks, criminal clearance, references, state screenings, First Aid certification, skills training, drug and TB testing. All employees are licensed, bonded, and insured. For more information, please contact Attention Plus Care at (808) 739-2811, or click HERE!

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