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Up Your Falls IQ During Falls Prevention Awareness Week

9/6/2022

September 19-24 is Falls Prevention Awareness Week. It’s a great time to take steps to reduce your risk of falling and maintain your independence. But you don't need to do it alone. Falls prevention is a community effort and everyone has a role to play in reducing the risk of falls.

Falls Prevention Awareness Week flyerFalls are common; they’re the number one source of injuries for older adults. The good news is they’re preventable.

Attend one or all of these events during Falls Prevention Awareness Week — you’ll reduce your chances of falling and learn how Juniper classes can help you stay independent and feel your best.

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Kick-off to Falls Prevention Awareness Week

September 19 – 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. online via Zoom | free
Hear from the Minnesota Department of Health and others about how to prevent falls and listen to stories from people who have taken steps to reduce their risk. Check out the National Council on Aging’s Falls-Free risk assessment and see a demo of Juniper’s “Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance” class.

Think First to Prevent Falls

Tuesday, September 20 - 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | free
Multipurpose Room of the St. Anthony Community Center

This free program is designed to help older adults recognize their concerns about falling and the hazards in their homes and community that contribute to falls. The session will discuss fall prevention topics such as home safety, safety in the community, talking with your physician, nutrition, the value of exercise, vision health and medication safety. You can also find out about other healthy living resources and workshops in the Twin Cities area. Leader: Julie Philbrook, Registered Nurse with Hennepin Healthcare. She has worked in the field of injury prevention for more than 30 years.

Get strong, increase balance, feel good . . . and prevent falls

Examine myths about falls and discover simple, practical steps for making your environment safer. Learn how Juniper’s classes can help you improve your balance and strengthen your muscles so you are less likely to fall. This presentation is part of the NO | FALLS Minnesota campaign, a collaboration of Trellis, the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Board on Aging and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal.

September 21 – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. online via Zoom | free

September 22 – 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. In-person | free
North Dale Recreation Center, St. Paul

Falls prevention is a team effort. Older person surrounded by community.

Find a Juniper class

Juniper®, a program of Trellis, offers classes that help people evaluate their risk for falling and make changes to reduce risks, including building strength, improving balance and ensuring independence. Learn more or find a class at yourjunper.org.

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