Falls, and the resulting injuries, are one of the most significant risks for older adults. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions among seniors and 40% of all nursing home admissions. Forty percent of those seniors admitted will never return to independent living and 25% will die within one year.
In this Lunch & Learn session, Michaud will discuss the steps individuals can take to prevent falls and minimize injuries if falls do occur. The presentation will include information about “A Matter of Balance,” a proven program designed to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity. The program acknowledges the risk of falling but emphasizes practical coping strategies to reduce this concern.
About the Presenter
Katie Michaud is an occupational therapist for Cornerstone Visiting Nurses Association where she serves as Behavioral Health Team Leader and Program Director for “A Matter of Balance.” She holds a Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New England and has an extensive background in behavioral health and dementia.
This program is part of the ten-part 2022 Lunch & Learn series that features guest experts who provide critical information to seniors wanting to better plan and advocate for themselves as they grow older. Lunch & Learn programs occur on the third Tuesday of each month. Recordings of past Lunch & Learn presentations can be found in the Events Archive.