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Fall Prevention Awareness Day Sept. 22; Florida PTs Helping Older Adults Avoid Falls – the Leading Cause of Fatal Injury
First Day of Fall Kicks off National & Statewide Campaign to Raise Awareness that PT Can Save Lives by Helping to Prevent Dangerous Falls;
Free Fall Screening Events Happening TODAY & TOMORROW in Jacksonville & Tallahassee
(Tallahassee, Fla.) – Sept. 20, 2018 – This Saturday, September 22 – the official first day of fall – is also Fall Prevention Awareness Day in Florida and across the country. To commemorate it, the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) is kicking off awareness efforts and fall risk screening events across the state to help older adults stop falls before they happen.
“Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury among people 65 and older,” said FPTA President Jamie Dyson. “Two-thirds of seniors who fall will do so again within six months. We want every older adult in Florida to know that most falls are preventable with physical therapy. It all starts with a fall risk screening.”
Physical therapists provide fall risk screenings examining any issues that could cause a fall, including decreased strength, balance problems, difficulty walking, medication effects, impaired vision, cognition issues, health conditions and more. Physical therapists then use each fall risk screening to tailor an individualized program geared toward strengthening balance, overcoming impairment and improving mobility.
Fall risk screenings can be done in any setting – from hospitals and medical clinics to nursing homes and senior or community centers like the YMCA. If you go to the emergency room for a fall-related injury, fall prevention can even begin in the ER if there is a physical therapist on staff.
The following complimentary fall risk screening events will be held by FPTA members (licensed physical therapists) to commemorate Fall Prevention Awareness:
Tallahassee: September 20 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Tallahassee Senior Center (1400 N. Monroe St., Tallahassee, Fla.)
Jacksonville: September 21 from 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. at the following locations:
Jim Fortuna Senior Center (11751 McCormick Rd, Jacksonville, Fla.);
Bennie Furlong Senior Center (19th Ave S, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.); and
Mandarin Senior Center (3848 Hartley Rd, Jacksonville, Fla.)
To learn more about physical therapy’s role in preventing falls, restoring movement and mobility, and treating chronic pain and addiction, visit the FPTA’s educational website: www.PTforPain.org and watch the FPTA’s informational video on falls: https://vimeo.com/244121344.
About the FPTA
The Florida Physical Therapy Association is the only healthcare professional organization that solely represents the special interests of practicing physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in the state of Florida. The FPTA educates Floridians, healthcare providers, and public policy decision makers about the key role physical therapists and physical therapist assistants play in restoring and improving motion. It is physical therapy that provides prevention, wellness, and rehabilitative treatment options that improve people’s lives. Learn more at www.FPTA.org.