Preventing Falls, One Senior at a Time
Nearly one-third of adults older than 65 fall each year in the United States. In Pennsylvania, more than 46,000 older adults were treated for falls in 2014. But falling should not be considered a “normal” part of the aging process.
The Healthy Steps for Older Adults program, sponsored in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, is available to those ages 50 and older. The program, typically conducted over a two-day period, teaches participants tips and strategies to prevent falls, ways to improve health and general information regarding falls, and falls prevention. The program is available in both English and Spanish.
The ATSPA is able to offer its member hospitals an opportunity to host Healthy Steps participant and trainer courses at no cost. Classes are very limited and are on a first come basis.
For more information on hosting a course, or to find certified Healthy Steps falls prevention trainer in your area, contact Kim Nunemaker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at (717) 766-1616.