Monday, October 23, 2017


“County Recognizes Fall Prevention Awareness Week- September 22-28, 2016”
Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed the week of September 22-28, 2016 “Falls Prevention Awareness Week” in Chemung County and joins the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Falls Free® Initiative in raising awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. 

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injury for those 65 years of age and older.  There are many reasons why people fall, but falls can be reduced through such interventions as:

  • Exercise to improve strength, balance, and flexibility,
  • Good nutrition that includes plenty of calcium and vitamin D,
  • Reviewing medications to avoid drowsiness and dizziness,
  • Ensuring good vision through regular check-ups and wearing appropriate glasses or contact lenses,
  • Removing potential hazards at home like clutter, slippery surfaces, and poor lighting

The Chemung County Department of Aging will be hosting an event featuring Dr. Linda Welles who will discuss the prevalence and cost of falls among older adults and suggestions to help reduce the risk of falling. Participants will also learn strategies to maintain their mobility and independence, information about evidence-based falls prevention programs, and how to make their home safe using the AARP HomeFit Guide. Community exhibitors will be available to share helpful information about falls prevention and health promotion. Lunch will be provided by the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care’s Eat Well Live Well Program.

“There are many simple steps we can take to help prevent falls for ourselves and our loved ones”, said Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care Director Pamela Brown. “We hope community members will take advantage of this free opportunity to learn health-promoting and life-saving strategies while enjoying lunch from our Eat Well Live Well program.”

The event is part of the Department’s Annual Public Hearing and will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm at the Big Flats Community Center, 476 Maple Street in Big Flats.

For more information or to register please call 607-737-5520 by September 14th, 2016.

This program is funded by the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care & Department of Mental Hygiene, the NYS Office for the Aging and the Administration for Community Living.

Click here to view subject proclamation.

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