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OMC Rehabilitation Services to Host Falls Preventing Screening

OMC Rehabilitation Services to Host Falls Preventing Screening

Orthopedic Mobile Learning Center also will be on hand

Ozarks Medical Center Rehabilitation Services is hosting a Falls Prevention Screening on Wednesday, September 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Plains Senior Center. This free screening will feature balance and fall risk screens as well as safety education. No appointment is necessary.

The Zimmer Mobile Learning Center, a traveling education vehicle that provides information about joint replacement surgery and an up close look at technology used in those procedures, will also be on hand and open for tours. The Zimmer Center is a 45-foot, 18-wheel expandable vehicle that travels the United States offering free educational sessions on new advancements in joint replacements.

Each year, millions of adults aged 65 and older fall. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries. Fortunately falls are largely preventable. “Our goal is to education the public and do everything possible to promote safety,” Pam Ream, Director of OMC Rehabilitation Services said.

One out of three older adults falls each year but less than half talk to their healthcare provider about it. Twenty to thirty percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, and head traumas. These injuries can make it hard to get around or live independently.

Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls. To reduce the risk of falling, exercise regularly. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines – both prescription and over-the-counter – to identify medicines that may cause side effects or interactions such as dizziness or drowsiness. Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update your eyeglasses to maximize your vision. Consider getting a pair with single vision distance lenses for some activities such as walking outside. Make your home safer by reducing tripping hazards, adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding railings on both sides of stairways, and improving the lighting in your home.

For more information, call OMC Rehabilitation Services at 417-257-5959.

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