News release:

(COLUMBUS, Neb.) – The coronavirus pandemic has changed many things. One thing that is still the same? Falling is NOT a normal part of aging.

Columbus Community Hospital is committed to empowering all older adults in our community to reduce their risk of falls, which are one of the greatest causes of serious injuries and death among people over age 65. From September 21 to 25, CCH is collaborating with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to mark Falls Prevention Awareness Week.

“Columbus Community Hospital has a strong history of helping older residents in Columbus,” said Samantha Lozos, trauma program manager and stroke nurse coordinator at Columbus Community Hospital. “We’re proud to be part of this national education and outreach initiative that is helping millions of older adults age well and stay falls free.”

Falls happen at all hours of the day and night. Oftentimes, fall occur at night and are caused by low light or tripping. That is why CCH wants to help light the way. As part of this national outreach campaign, CCH will hand out free nightlights and educational materials from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 23 at Hy-Vee in Columbus.

Additionally, CCH is encouraging everyone to take advantage of a new online falls risk assessment tool available at no cost to individuals across the country. Visitors to www.ncoa.org/FallsFreeCheckUp can complete a short, 12-question survey that screens them for the most common falls risk factors.

“A fall could cause serious or fatal injuries,” said Lozos,. “Understanding the risk factors is the first step to reducing these falls, which could help older adults maintain their health and independence.”

For more information on Columbus Community Hospital or fall prevention, please visit www.columbushosp.org.

 

About NCOA

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a trusted national leader working to ensure that every person can age well. Since 1950, our mission has not changed: Improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. NCOA empowers people with the best solutions to improve their own health and economic security—and we strengthen government programs that we all depend on as we age. Every year, millions of people use our signature programs BenefitsCheckUp®, My Medicare Matters®, and the Aging Mastery Program® to age well. By offering online tools and collaborating with a nationwide network of partners, NCOA is working to improve the lives of 40 million older adults by 2030. Learn more at ncoa.org and @NCOAging.