Fall prevention and preparedness is topic of Menlo Park Library talk on June 7

by Contributed Content on June 3, 2014

Each year in California, more than one million older adults suffer a fall, with 200,000 of those falls resulting in injury. During a special program to be presented by the Menlo Park Library on June 7, two experts from Stanford University Medical Center will share strategies for reducing falls and increasing peace-of-mind in the home.

Ellen Corman, the Supervisor of Community Outreach & Injury Prevention at Stanford University Medical Center Trauma Service, and Louise Laforet, the Program Coordinator of Aging Adult Services at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, will offer practical advice and answer questions. The talks begin at 11:00 am and take place at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, located at 701 Laurel Street.

The program is free, and is supported by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Refreshments will be provided. There will be a raffle for a free key lockbox for the home, and people signing up for the Lifeline program will be given free installation.

Ellen Corman is manager of Stanford’s Farewell to Falls, a free, home-based program offering home safety assessment and modification for seniors 65 years and older residing in San Mateo or Santa Clara County. Corman will share the most-common causes of falls, and safety advice to prevent future falls.

Louise Laforet administers Stanford’s Lifeline program, a medical alert system that helps elderly and medically-compromised members of the community to remain independent in their own homes. Lifeline utilizes a help button that summons immediate assistance from neighbors or emergency responders. Laforet will give information on how the system can be utilized to help older adults maintain their independence.

Free wheelchair accessible van service is available for Menlo Park area seniors and people with disabilities. Call 330-2512 for van reservations.

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