Press Release

Free Fall Prevention Course Offered For Seniors at Mercy Medical Center

September 10th, 2018

Rockville Centre, NY Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. In fact, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs*.

Just in time for the fall/winter months, Mercy Medical Center is sponsoring Stepping On beginning Tuesday, Sept. 18, a falls prevention class for active older adults that helps people at risk for falling. The 7-week class is free and covers improving balance and strength, home modifications, community safety, vision, medication review, safe footwear and sleep habits. The course is designed specifically for people who are at risk of falling, have a fear of falling and/or have fallen one or more times.  Subjects covered include:

  • Simple and fun strength and balance exercises
  • The role vision plays in keeping your balance
  • How medications can contribute to falls
  • Ways to stay safe when out and about in your community
  • What to look for in safe footwear
  • How to check your home for safety hazards

Stepping On workshops are facilitated by trained instructors in order to provide a safe and positive learning experience. Classes are highly participative, with mutual support and success building participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health behaviors, reduce their risk of falls and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

Classes start Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, 1 – 3 pm and will be held every Tuesday through Oct. 30. Classes are held at Mercy Medical Center in the CIJ conference area.

Stepping On is a Catholic Health Services initiative. For additional Stepping On classes throughout Long Island, visit https://www.chsli.org/stepping-classes.  For more information or to register, please call 1 (855) CHS-4500 or 1-855-247-4500.

*According to NCOA.org. Following are other stats:

  • One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year.
  • Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.
  • In 2015, the total cost of fall injuries was $50 billion.

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 About Mercy Medical Center
Celebrating more than 100 years, Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, as well as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Mercy is also the recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons and consecutive Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. And, in recognition of the value it places on superior nursing care, Mercy has the Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Mercy provides comprehensive medical and surgical care and is a leader in minimally-invasive surgery, joint-replacement, orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, spine and neurosurgery, in-patient acute rehabilitation, diagnostic and interventional radiology, maternity and newborn services and women’s health. Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® is a registered trademark of the American Society For Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Used by permission of ASMBS. All rights reserved. 

Media Contact: Alida Almonte; Alida.Almonte@chsli.org

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