Ulster County Executive Mike Hein And The Office For The Aging Invite Seniors To A Free Seminar

Posted September 15, 2014

Helping Seniors Stay Healthy And Prevent Accidents And Injury Due To Falls

Kingston, NY – Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and the Ulster County Office for the Aging invite Ulster County seniors to attend a free seminar designed to assist them with preventable measures to avoid accidents and falling.  The seminar is being held on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Hudson Valley Mall, Route 9W in Kingston.  Ulster County is committed to helping seniors stay healthy and prevent accidents and injury due to falls.  According to a NYS Department of Health study, between 2010 and 2012, the mean annual frequency of New York seniors over 65 years of age that had falls resulting in emergency department visits was about 89,000 statewide. 

“Simple preventative measures which can take place within the home to make falls less likely and lessen the severity of potential injuries is critical for a long and healthy life,” said County Executive Hein.  “In New York State, statistics show that every day one hundred forty older adults are hospitalized due to a fall and 60% end up in a nursing home or rehabilitation center.  The good news is that with adequate knowledge many falls may be prevented.  I urge seniors to attend this informative seminar.”

This free seminar will include the following:

  • Falls-Free Planning with Toby Krawitz, LCSW.  Toby is trained in fall prevention and shares her expertise on the subject including a comprehensive checklist and some strength exercises to encourage balance.
  • Home Safe Home presented by The Resource Center for Accessible Living,  Gilles Malkine, has been an Architectural Barrier Consultant for 18 years; he will speak about architectural modifications to accommodate        disabilities, safety advice for seniors in the home, and will offer information about equipment and devices to make life simpler and easier.  A slideshow will cover typically dangerous home situations and common sense solutions for them.
  • Tai Chi Demo by Certified Instructor Anne Sherry, who is a registered nurse committed to helping seniors find stability and balance at all levels and ages. 
  • Panel of presenters will offer their expertise, advice and answer questions from attendees.

Seniors should wear comfortable clothing and shoes as there will be exercise demonstrations.  In addition, coffee and muffins will be served and special night lights will be given to those seniors who register early.  To make a reservation for the seminar or for additional information please call the Ulster County Office for the Aging at 845-340-3456.