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Westport Weston Health Offers Program On Preventing Falls

The Westport Weston Health District  is presenting a Fall Prevention Program on Sept. 24 at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.
The Westport Weston Health District is presenting a Fall Prevention Program on Sept. 24 at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Photo Credit: Photo credit: www.westportct.gov

WESTPORT, Conn. – The Westport Weston Health District and Connecticut Family Physical Therapy is hosting a Fall Prevention Program on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

The event will include a lecture from 2 to 3 p.m. on “What Tips Your Balance?” From 3 to 4:30 p.m., balance screenings and an exercise demonstration will take place.

People who are age 65 and older are at high risk for fatal or nonfatal injuries due to falling. The older a person gets, the more susceptible they are to falling. The injuries that ensue cost billions of dollars to treat, not to mention the danger of death from the falls.

When senior citizens take part in physical activities such as balance and strength training, and exercises that increase flexibility, the risk of falling is decreased. Reviewing medication regularly can also help, as can eye and ear exams and inspecting the home to make sure that there are no dangers.

At the Fall Prevention Program, seniors and caretakers can get a number of tips, and participate in screenings, to help ensure safety from falling injuries. The Westport Weston Health District is at 21 Imperial Ave.

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