Classes, personal emergency response system may reduce chance of injury after a fall

Jasmine Phu

October 15, 2010

In honor of September's National Fall Prevention Month, a Long Island senior center taught a class of more than 50 members some basic precautions and safety measures that should be taken to prevent and recover from a fall, according to

One of these exercises consisted of lying down on a mat and practicing methods of getting up from the floor after a fall and the news source reports that, less than a week later, the lessons had to be put into practice when one 90-year-old senior, who lives alone, fell in her home.

"I just kept picturing [wellness director] Bud in my head," she said. "I did just what he said… turned over, got on my hands and knees, crawled to a chair, and got on my feet! Thank you for that class!"

This seems to indicate that those who are living alone could benefit from fall prevention classes, if only to be made aware of the possibility of the problem, as one in three older adults fall each year, The Ponoco Record reports.

Installing a personal emergency system can also be a safe precaution for any senior who lives alone. Those who need medical assistance can use this device to send a medical alert to friends or doctors.

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