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6 Steps to Prevent a Fall

Every 13 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury.

Many falls are preventable. Stay safe with these tips!

  • Find a good balance and exercise program

    Look to build balance, strength, and flexibility.

  • Talk to your health care provider

    Ask for an assessment of your risk of falling.
    Share your history of recent falls.

  • Regularly review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist

    Make sure side effects aren’t increasing your risk of falling. Take medications only as prescribed.

  • Get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses

    Your eyes and ears are key to keeping you on your feet.

  • Keep your home safe

    Remove tripping hazards, increase lighting, make stairs safe, and install grab bars in key areas.

  • Talk to your family members

    Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe. Falls are not just a
    seniors’ issue.

To learn more, visit ncoa.org/FallsPrevention and 571-527-3900.

Chronic Disease Self Management Program

Southern Illinois Healthcare is pleased to offer a new chronic disease self management program, Take Charge of Your Health: Live Well, Be Well, that empowers individuals with chronic conditions to manage their own care and improve their quality of life. Every day, millions of people with chronic conditions across the United States, and here in Southern Illinois, struggle to manage their condition and the associated symptoms. Addressing chronic conditions requires new strategies to prevent or delay complications, improve function, and address the problems people experience in their day-to-day lives.

Take Charge of Your Health

Take Charge of Your Health is a workshop given once a week for six weeks in community settings such as senior centers, churches, clinics and hospitals. This program helps individuals with chronic conditions learn how to manage and improve their own health, while reducing their health care costs. The program focuses on problems that are common to those dealing with chronic health conditions and is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease specific education, such as cardiac rehabilitation or diabetes instruction.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as pain, fatigue, isolation and frustration
  • Physical activity for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Effective communication with family, friends and health professionals
  • Nutrition
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • Setting personal goals
  • Evaluating new treatments

Who Should Attend

  • Adults over the age of 18 living with a chronic health condition such as arthritis, heart disease, asthma, lung disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s, and others
  • Caregivers of anyone with a chronic health condition

Southern Illinois Healthcare has teamed up with the Diabetes Today Resource Teams and other community partners throughout the lower 15 counties of southern Illinois to offer this program at convenient locations throughout the region. For more information or to find a workshop near you, contact the SIH Community Benefits department at 618.457.5200 extension 67837.

“I have received an amazing amount of information in just the first class. I would recommend this workshop to anyone, those just diagnosed or those that have had a chronic disease for many years,” said Lynn P., self management program participant.