USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute Hosting Senior Safety and Falls Prevention Day
General Event Information
The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute will host a Senior Safety and Falls Prevention Day 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23, to share strategies and resources older adults can use to reduce the risk of falls inside and outside the home. No reservations are required.
Sponsored annually by the National Council on Aging and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Falls Prevention Awareness Day (observed Sept 22 the first day of fall) seeks to unite professionals, older adults, caregivers, and family members to help raise awareness and prevent falls in the senior population.
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, falls are the leading cause of injury and accidental death in adults older than 65. Occupational therapists play an essential role in reducing fall risk by addressing the physical, cognitive, and environmental factors that can lead to a fall. The Byrd Institute provides occupational therapy services to older adults diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Lewy body dementia, and deficits in physical function caused by stroke, heart attack, arthritis, cancer and other diseases and disorders referred by physicians. For more information, please visit http://alz.health.usf.edu or call (813) 396-0728.
Guests will learn the following strategies to reduce their risk of falls:
• Causes of falls in older adults
• Steps to protect themselves and loved ones from a fall
• Home safety tips and how to perform a home safety check
• The role of occupational therapists in reducing fall risk and helping older adults live life to its fullest
Occupational therapy is a skilled health, rehabilitation and educational service that helps people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Every day across the U.S., occupational therapists work with older adults and caregivers to educate them on strategies and behaviors to reduce fall risk and facilitate maximum independence. This may include recommending and using home modifications and assistive technology to support aging in place.
To learn more about fall prevention, visit the AOTA at www.aota.org to download a tip sheet.