SAGE Eldercare, located at 290 Broad Street in Summit, offers a variety of exercise classes (pictured above), which are beneficial in preventing falls. As part of Fall Prevention Week, on Thursday, September 26 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am, the organization will offer a free workshop to the public. Screenings for nutrition, blood pressure, balance assessments, and medication reviews will be offered, in addition to advice about fall prevention, a comprehensive display of home assistive and safety devices, and a Tai Chi demonstration. To RSVP, call 908.598.5548 or visit www.sageeldercare.org to learn more.
Don’t Let Your Independence Slip Away! Come to SAGE on September 26 for a Fall Prevention Workshop
Friday, September 6, 2013 • 11:31am
Even though falls are preventable, one third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States. In New Jersey, every eight minutes an older adult (60 years and older) is seen in the emergency room for a fall.
As part of Fall Prevention Awareness Week, which will be celebrated September 22-29 this year, SAGE Eldercare will hold a fall prevention workshop on Thursday, September 26 from 9:00 to 11:30 am. The public is invited to come to this free program at 290 Broad Street in Summit and learn how to modify their home and lifestyle so that falls can be reduced.
As part of the workshop, there will be several types of screenings for nutrition, blood pressure, balance assessments, and medication reviews. In addition, there will be a comprehensive display of home assistive and safety devices, as well as a Tai Chi demonstration.
“We hope that area residents will join us for the fall prevention workshop. Although falls may be harmful to older adults, they are preventable,” stated Julie Reich, Director of Special Programs at SAGE. “SAGE started a Fall Prevention Initiative in 2005, which is currently funded by Overlook Medical Center Community Health Department and PNC Foundation. Exercise, regular eye exams, and medication reviews can go a long way to help reduce the chance of falling. Reducing clutter and wearing the right footwear can also help prevent slips.”
SAGE Eldercare is a member of the Fall Prevention Workgroup which is coordinated by the NJ Department of Health, Division of Aging Services. Throughout the state there are events highlighting Fall Prevention Awareness Week. For more information and educational resources online, such as a NJ falls fact sheet, home safety checklist, and more, visit http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/home/fallsfree.html.
To RSVP for SAGE’s September 26 Fall Prevention Workshop or to learn more about SAGE, call 908.598.5548 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAGE Eldercare is a unique community resource that offers a comprehensive array of programs and services for older adults and caregivers, promoting independence and quality of life. Founded in 1954, SAGE is one of the few non-profit eldercare agencies in the United States, and the oldest in New Jersey, that offers a broad and comprehensive array of services under one roof that assist elderly, often frail, adults to remain independent in their own homes.
Programs at SAGE Eldercare include: HomeCare; Meals On Wheels; Spend-A-Day Adult Day Health Center; GPS (Guidance, Planning and Support) Services; InfoCare free information and referral service; Fall Prevention Initiative; Home Repair Service; Grocery Shopping and Errand Service; Bill Paying Service; Holistic Living Services; Alzheimer’s and PREP caregiver support groups; Community Education; and Union County Medicare SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program). In addition, SAGE has operated a Furniture Restoration Workshop, run by volunteers who specialize in caning and rushing chairs and refinishing furniture, and a Resale Shop for more than 50 years. Both provide essential funding that supports the organization’s programs and services for older adults in the community.
SAGE Eldercare serves 7,000 people throughout Union, Essex, Morris and Somerset Counties, as well as across the United States. For more information, call 908.273.5550 or visit www.sageeldercare.org.