Learn how older adults can reduce falls at Sept. 8 Friends of the Library program

by Roberta Roth on September 3, 2012

Did you know that every 15 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency room in the United States as a result of a fall? Falls can threaten a person’s independence. The good news is that many falls are preventable.

Ellen Corman, Supervisor of Injury Prevention at Stanford Hospital’s Trauma Service and Manager of the Farewell to Falls program, will share information on causes of falls and provide safety tips to help reduce falls for community-dwelling older adults.  Her presentation will take place on Saturday, September 8, at 11:oo am in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park.  The event is free and supported by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.

Farewell to Falls, a program of the Trauma Service at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, works with older adults to help reduce falls. Many high-risk older adults have limited access to community resources, and home safety assessment and modification are essential elements of fall prevention strategies. Farewell to Falls is a free, home-based program for seniors 65 years and older residing in San Mateo or Santa Clara County.

Ms. Corman will be presenting a slide show and providing handouts to all attendees including:

  • Fall Prevention Task Force brochures
  • Fall prevention pens
  • Farewell to Falls program brochures
  • Home safety brochures

Ms. Corman has a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and a Master’s in Rehabilitation Administration from the University of San Francisco.  Since 2003 she has been the Supervisor of Community Outreach and Injury Prevention at Stanford University Medical Center, Trauma Service.   She developed and manages the nationally recognized fall prevention program, “Farewell to Falls.” The program was recognized by the National Council on Aging and Home Safety as one of ten best-practice programs in the United States.  She is also the co-chair of the San Mateo County Fall Prevention Task Force.


Free wheelchair accessible van service is available for Menlo Park area seniors and people with disabilities.  Call 330-2512 for van reservations.  For event details, call Roberta Roth at 650-330-2512 or e-mail Roberta at rlroth@menlopark.org.

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