KNOX & DAVIESS COUNTY EXTENSION EDUCATORS TO OFFER MATTER OF BALANCE IN BICKNELL
The Knox & Daviess County Extension Educators will be hosting a weekly Matter of Balance class beginning on Friday, October 4th running through Friday, November 22th in 4-H Community Building at the Knox County Fairgrounds, 11728 IN-67, Bicknell, IN. The class consists of 8 weekly two-hour sessions and will be held each week from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. The classes will help you to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. Class is FREE! Space is limited. For more information, or to reserve your spot, please call (812)882-3509.
DINE WITH A DOC - OCT. 2
Senior Education Ministries, in partnership with Generations and Vincennes University, will be presenting Dine with a Doc® on October 2nd from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Green Activities Center, 120 W. Harrison St., Vincennes, IN, on the Vincennes University Campus. The program is free to the public, and a free lunch will be provided by ProRehab. October’s speaker will be Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Terry Fenwick. This program provides the opportunity to fellowship with peers while receiving valuable information from our medical community. If you would like more information about Dine with a doc® you may visit www.dinewithadoc.com. Please RSVP by contacting Cathy Jones at 1-800-742-9002.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IN CASE OF A FALL
Whether you are at home or somewhere else, a sudden fall can be startling and upsetting. If you do fall, stay as calm as possible and follow these steps:
Take several deep breaths to try to relax. Remain still on the floor or ground for a few moments. This will help you get over the shock of falling.
Decide if you are hurt before getting up. Getting up too quickly or in the wrong way could make an injury worse.
If you think you can get up safely without help, roll over onto your side. Rest again while your body and blood pressure adjust. Slowly get up on your hands and knees, and crawl to a sturdy chair.
Put your hands on the chair seat and slide one foot forward so that it is flat on the floor. Keep the other leg bent so the knee is on the floor. From this kneeling position, slowly rise and turn your body to sit in the chair.
If you are hurt or cannot get up on your own, ask someone for help or call 911. If you are alone, try to get into a comfortable position and wait for help to arrive.
Carrying a mobile or portable phone with you as you move about your house could make it easier to call someone if you need assistance. An emergency response system, which lets you push a button on a special necklace or bracelet to call for help, is another option.
*Information Courtesy of the National Institute on Aging
GENERATIONS MAGAZINE: Our magazine is geared toward adults in pre-retirement and retirement years and promotes active aging and preventive health. It is published three times a year and is free to subscribers. All we need is your name and address. If you would like to receive future copies of the magazine, contact Brenda Hancock at 812-888-5146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Generations, Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability, is a program of Vincennes University’s Community Services Division. Our agency connects individuals and caregivers to community resources and options for long-term care and in-home services. For more information, call 1-800-742-9002 or 812-888-5880 or visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org