September may be fall prevention month but Simone Carter delivers safety messages year-round
Simone Carter, M.S., trauma prevention community and education coordinator with Legacy Emanuel Medical Center’s Trauma Nurses Talk Tough (TNTT) program, says we should all look three feet in front of us when walking, especially older adults who are at a higher risk of falling.
“It's called scanning ahead of your walking path," says Simone. "Falls are common in older adults and are costly." According to the National Center on Aging, every 13 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall and every 20 minutes one dies from a fall. In 2013, the cost of injuries was a staggering $34 million.
As a Level 1 trauma center, Legacy Emanuel has dedicated resources for fall prevention education to help older adults and those at risk for falling learn risk factors and how to make their world safer. So far Simone has delivered the Take the Right Steps program as a free community service to over 2,000 people in adult day care centers and assisted living centers. This one-hour program reveals risk factors that contribute to senior falls like poor vision and balance, home hazards and even the side effects of some medications. “I make it fun, informative and interactive and have them start problem solving in the moment," says Simone. "There are a lot of 'ah ha’s' when they realize how easy it is to make lifestyle changes.”
In addition to Simone’s program, the TNTT offers a seven-week class called Stepping On which was published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society. Participants learn balance and strength exercises, get tips on proper footwear and safety after dark and how to get more sleep - all ways to prevent falls. To learn more about the Stepping On fall prevention course or to schedule Simone’s Take the Right Steps program, call 503-413-2826.
For media inquiries, contact Vicki Guinn, with Legacy Emanuel's public relations at 503-413-2939 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo and video courtesy of Vicki Guinn.