At least 8 million adults over age 50 are affected by isolation, a problem that can impair mental performance, compromise the immune system and increase the risk of vascular, inflammatory and heart disease. A campaign launched Wednesday, November 16th, 2016, by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and the AARP Foundation aims to raise awareness of the growing problem of social isolation and loneliness in older Americans.
The 9th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) will be observed on September 22, 2016—the first day of fall. This day is meant to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. The theme of this year’s event is Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016. The official social media hashtag is #FPAD2016.
Mark your calendars for the High Country Care Transitions Summit - Friday, September 23rd at the Grandfather Golf & Country Club in Linville, NC. Care transitions simply refers to someone moving from one care setting to another. One of our goals, as a network of providers and community agencies, is to improve the effectiveness of these transitions. This event is designed to share effective practices at the national, state, and local levels, highlight available resources, and develop and strengthen partnerships.
Thank you to the Women's Health Circle for bringing attention to the issue of falls among older adluts. Nicole Hiegl, Aging Services Coordinator, was honored to be the guest presenter for the recent women's circle. The evening included a falls risk screening, discussions around preventing falls, and concluded with group tai chi.
May is a month of fresh beginnings. Perennials bloom once again, blazing a trail of bright color. May is also when we celebrate Older American’s Month (OAM), acknowledging the perennial contributions of older adults to our nation. This month is an opportunity to raise awareness about important issues facing older adults. We will also highlight the ways that older Americans are advocating for themselves, their peers, and their communities. Be on the look out for events in your area!
The North Carolina Falls Prevention Coalition and Center for Health & Wellness (NCCHW) is a state hub for the coordination and promotion of healthy living initiatives that contribute to the prevention of disease among all North Carolinians. The new falls prevention website will provide class information, location and resources for evidence based programs proven to reduce the prevalence of falls among older adults.