YMCA brings awareness of elderly fall risks

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A free open house is set for Sept. 23 at the YMCA of Central Virginia for the public to learn about available programs would help to prevent falls.

A free open house is set for Sept. 23 at the YMCA of Central Virginia for the public to learn about available programs would help to prevent falls.

LYNCHYBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Each year an estimated one in four Americans aged 65 or older will suffer a fall, according to the YMCA of Central Virginia.

A free open house is set for Sept. 23 at the YMCA of Central Virginia for the public to learn about available programs would help to prevent falls.

Some of the programs being offered to help older adults prevent falls are the Enhance Fitness, Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery, YOGA, and Water Fitness classes.

The event coincides with National Falls Prevention Awareness Day and is hosted by the YMCA is done in partnership with the National Council on Aging and the Falls Free Coalition.

“The good news is that falls are preventable,” according to the press release.

“With a focus on healthy aging, the YMCA is committed to helping older adults learn their fall risk and provide resources that can help them reduce their risk for falls.”

The first line of defense to prevent falls, the YMCA said, is understanding the risk. Older adults are encouraged to take an online assessment, ymca.net/fallsrisk, that determines how routine activities may determine their risks for falling.

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