It is estimated that one third of seniors over the age of 65 and half of seniors over the age of 80 fall each year. The leading cause of death caused by injury for persons over the age of 65 is falls. Injuries resulting from falls take away functional independence and cause depression in victims.
Fortunately, this can be prevented easily with the appropriate knowledge and conditioning. On September 18th, St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute will celebrate Fall Prevention Awareness day with the state of Washington. St Luke’s will be hosting an event that will be open to the community, free of charge, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 711 S. Cowley.
Services at the Fall Prevention Awareness Day event include balance screening and risk assessment for attendees. Valerie Wang, a physical therapist at St. Luke’s, will be present to perform these services and to answer questions. Her credentials include a recent certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation, an exercise-based approach to treating patients with disturbances of the peripheral or central vestibular system, which controls balance and equilibrium.
While it is especially important for persons who experience dizziness and have balance problems to participate in Fall Prevention Awareness Day, everyone in the greater Spokane community is encouraged to take advantage of the services provided at the event.