September is National Falls Prevention Month. Falls have become epidemic in America and the harsh reality is that a fall changes everything.

Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury for those over 65 and account for 40% of all nursing home admissions. They are also the leading cause of injury related emergency room visits for older adults, the major cause of hip fractures, and responsible for about half of fatal head injuries. Nearly half of all seniors who sustain a fall DO NOT resume independent living.

When a person falls, they become nervous about experiencing it again. Their gait and speed of walking changes. Family members of someone who has fallen find themselves more concerned and guarded about the fall itself. They may draw conclusions and take unnecessary actions while, well-intended, are not always good solutions.

As with so many things in our lives, preventions is key. The Benjamin Franklin axiom that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is as true today as it was when Franklin made the quote. There are four simple tips to prevent falls:

--Talk to your doctor and review your medications.

--Exercise to help increase leg strength and balance.

--Have an annual eye exam to update your glasses.

--Make your home safer.

By taking the simple action of installing grab bars, we can significantly reduce trauma-related hospital admissions. Adding grab bars inside and outside your tub or shower, as well as next to the toilet are helpful. Adding railings on both sides of a stairwell or in a hallway are helpful as well. Lighting and non-slip surfaces provide safety benefits. Get rid of anything you could trip over. Make sure your home has lots of lighting by adding more or brighter light bulbs.

During National Falls Prevention Month, review these safety tips and take steps to save lives and preserve your independence!

Weekly Activities

Friday, Sept. 13

• 7:30-9:30 a.m. - Friday Breakfast.

• 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Lunch.

Monday, Sept. 16

Lasagna.

• 8:30 a.m. - Morning Stretch.

• 9:30 a.m. - Walking.

• 1 p.m. - Bridge.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Pork Roast/Mashed Potatoes.

• 10 a.m. - Adult Coloring.

• 10 a.m. - Knit & Stitch.

• 12 p.m. - “Hand and Foot” Cards.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Chicken Pot Pie.

• 8:30 a.m. - Morning Stretch.

• 9:00 a.m. - Cribbage.

Thursday, Sept. 19

Swiss Steak over Noodles.

• 9:30 a.m. - Wellness Walking.

• 12 p.m. - “500” Cards.

Upcoming events:

• Friday, Sept. 20 - Act V: The Lawrence Welk Variety Show at the City Center Mall. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., Dinner at 5 p.m. and show at 6 p.m.

• Saturday, Sept. 21 - Act V: The Lawrence Welk Variety Show at the City Center Mall. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., Dinner at 5 p.m. and show at 6 p.m.

• Thursday, Oct. 3 - Bermuda Avenue Triangle - Thursday, Oct. 4: This Broadway success concerns the adventures of a Jewish widow and an Irish widow whose respective daughters move them into a share retirement condominium in Las Vegas. They think life has passed them by, until they both fall for a charming swindler! A delicious lunch buffet is included, ticket to play and transportation is included. Cost is $55. Call SAC’s 763-689-6555 for reservation. Leave at 11 a.m. from Center and return and around 4 p.m. Food is great and play is hilarious! We have seats available. RSVP ASAP so tickets can be ordered.

• Monday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m., Ives Auditorium: From the King, For the King: the gospel According to Elvis. Mick Sterling presents a unique performance of the legendary gospel songs of Elvis Presley in “From the King, for the King.” The show features the lead vocals of Mick Sterling, along with multiple singers performing the incredible vocal parts of Elvis’s Jordanaires, and a simple but powerful band providing the gospel energy needed to make this performance one you won’t soon forget. Group price: Lunch and Show - $50 per person - Transportation $15 - Total Cost: $65. Check online for time and details about meal. The Senior Activity Center is located at 140 Buchanan St. N., Suite 164, Cambridge, and can be reached at 763-689-6555.

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