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Falling is NOT an inevitable part of getting older! Falls are among the leading cause of death and injury to older adults, and are among the most costly, at more than $4 billion per year (in total costs, in Ohio alone). The good news is that falls are preventable. There are many things you can do to prevent falls in your home. The Community Partnership on Aging Safe at Home Program is just one example; getting plenty of exercise is another, as is going to the doctor for regular check- ups.

In recognition of Fall Prevention Awareness Day, participants can browse vendor tables and receive free health screenings related to fall prevention. Available screenings include: Bone density screenings and blood pressure checks courtesy of University Suburban Health Center, vision checks courtesy of Retina Associates, balance screenings provided by Menorah Park, and medication reviews courtesy of Manor Care Mayfield. South Euclid Police will also be on hand for a “medication take-back” drop site!

Following the mini fair, at 12:30 PM Retina Associates will give a presentation on Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Registration for the mini fair or screenings is not necessary, but registration for the presentation is required by calling 216-650-4029 no later than Wednesday, September 10 at 3 PM.

The Safe at Home Program is designed to install safety equipment (such as a shower grab bar) in the homes of eligible older adults in the CPA communities of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Highland Heights, Mayfield Heights and Mayfield Village. Residents can also receive a free home environmental assessment that will help to determine any fall risks around the home.

If you would like more information about the Safe at Home Program, call (216) 291-3902.