Preventing falls

“Maybe I had better attend this forum before I do this!”

On Friday, September 22 the Elderly Fall Prevention Coalition (EFPC) of Ventura County, in association with Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) will host a prevention Forum: “United we Stand to Prevent Falls”.

The format will consist of speakers interspersed with balance enhancement activities and demonstrations. Also health assessments, including vision, hearing, and balance.

Dr. C. Shawn Skillern, founder of West Coast Vascular Clinic will be the keynote speaker. The Event will be informative and fun for the participants!

This year they expect more than 200 participants. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Simi Valley Senior Center located at 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Participants will be given plenty of time to visit exhibitors before, during and after the program.

The goal is to reduce the following startling statistics:

In 24 months (2014-15), there were over 12,000 recorded falls in Ventura County residents ages 65+

99% of fall victims sustained injuries requiring treatment

65% of all falls occurred at home

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