SLR Staff Talk to Seniors About How to Prevent Falls

11/13/2011

On Fall Prevention Awareness Day, several staff members from St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals (SLR) gave a fall prevention talk to older adults at the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center in Manhattan.

“We spoke about why people fall and how to make your home a safer environment to prevent falls,” says Judith Nierenberg, RN, MA, Patient Education Manager. She gave the presentation along with Occupational Therapist Lindsey Vestal, OTR/L, and Physical Therapist Finnie Lau, DPT. “Over 40 people from the center attended the event,” says Mary Simmons, MS, RN, CCM, the Community Health Nurse at the center. “The turnout was exceptionally good,” she notes.

The first day of fall, September 23, is recognized as Fall Prevention Awareness Day by 43 states, including New York. During this day, various organizations – such as St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals – perform outreach activities to promote awareness of falls among older adults and ways to prevent this problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of death relating to injuries for Americans aged 65 and over. They are also the most common cause of nonfatal injuries for this population.

SLR is committed to helping seniors prevent falls as well as treating them after they occur. Through its Geriatrics Practice, the hospitals offer patients home safety assessments and various other geriatric services to help older adults stay healthy.

Geriatrics Practice Locations

University Medical Practice Associates
1090 Amsterdam Avenue, Suite 4C
(between 113th & 114th Streets)
New York, NY 10025
212-961-5500

St. Luke’s Medical Group
2771 Frederick Douglass Boulevard & 147th Street
New York, NY 10039
212-690-0303

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