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Strong and Steady in Sitka: SCH lead's fall prevention awareness campaign

Falls are frequent, they can happen to anyone and for older Alaskans, they are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries. That's why Sitka Community Hospital is partnering with the National Council on Aging to celebrate Fall Prevention Awareness week September 18th through the 22nd. Each day will focus on a different prevention strategy.

Monday's theme is preventing falls outdoors and residents are encouraged to report trip hazards on the City of Sitka's Citizen Web Request Form.

About 50% of falls occur in the home, so Tuesday's theme is preventing falls indoors. Checklists can be picked up at the Senior Center Library and online at sitkahospital.org

Finding a good balance and strength program is crucial for preventing falls. On Wednesday, September 20th the Health Promotion Department at Sitka Community Hospital is offering a free strength and balance class, with instructor Emily Riley, from 10am - 11 am at the Hames Center.

All are invited to attend a Falls Prevention Lunch and Learn at the Sitka Community Hospital classroom on Thursday, September 21st from noon to 1pm. Lesley Thompson from the AK Commission on Aging will go over reasons why every 11 seconds an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall related injury as well as some strategies to prevent them from happening.

Fall Prevention Bingo will be the featured activity at the Swan Lake Senior Center from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on Friday, September 22nd, the first day of fall and the 10th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day.

The educational events are being organized by Sitka Community Hospital in partnership with Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL), Swan Lake Senior Center, Hames Center, National Council on Aging, Alaska Falls Prevention Coalition and the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. For more information, contact Sitka Community Hospital's Director of Health Promotion, Doug Osborne, at 747-0373.

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