Gerber Memorial hosts event to help people reduce falling, with expo continuing Friday
FREMONT– More than 25 people stopped by a Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial expo on Wednesday that aims to reduce the number of falls and help people prevent injuries and even death resulting from those falls. The free expo will be held again on Friday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the main lobby of the hospital.
On Wednesday, the Gerber Memorial team of nurses and physical therapists helped people, including those with ill-fitting or worn out walkers. In some cases staff adjusted the walkers or made minor repairs.
The Gerber Memorial team also performed balance tests.
The free event also featured free giveaways, including free no-slip socks to the first 100 people to show up. In addition, attendees got free information from Gerber Memorial’s pharmacy team about medications that can contribute to falls, as well as free blood pressure screenings. Physical therapists and visiting nurses were on hand to provide additional information and resources.
Attendees of the expo were also eligible for raffles and free gifts.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls affect one in four Americans 65 and older, and older Americans die from falls every 19 minutes, making falls the leading cause of fatal injury – more than 27,000 deaths a year – and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. Falls also cost families more than $34 billion a year, the CDC reports.
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