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Banner Del E. Webb takes “A Matter of Balance” into its own hands with free workshop series


SUN CITY WEST, AZ (Oct. 21, 2013) – One in every three adults age 65 and older experiences a fall every year, falls that probably could have been prevented. Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center will host a free workshop series “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls” from 8 to 9:30 a.m. every Friday beginning Nov. 8 in the Estrella Room at Banner Del. E. Webb Medical Center, 14502 W. Meeker Blvd in Sun City West.

The series will be facilitated by Tracy Irwin, RN, Pre-Hospital coordinator at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center and Sonja Smith, MSW, Injury Prevention coordinator. The workshops aim to help reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels.

Experts say the fear of falling can actually make some people more vulnerable to falls. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable; set realistic goals to increase activity; change their environment to reduce fall risk factors; and, exercise to increase strength and balance.

Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries in older adults.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

• One out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year.
• 20 percent to 30 percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas
• Among those age 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injury death. They are also the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.
• The chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall increase with age. In 2011 falls represented 44 percent of hospitalizations.
Space is limited and registration is required.  For more information, or to register for this eight-week class on fall prevention, call (602) 230-2273 (CARE). All classes will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Estrella Room, with the exception of Thanksgiving week, resuming on Dec. 6 and an added class on Thursday, Dec. 19:

• Friday, Nov. 8
• Friday, Nov. 15
• Friday, Nov. 22
• Friday, Dec. 6
• Friday, Dec. 13
• Thursday, Dec. 19
• Friday, Dec. 20

About Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center
Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center is a community hospital in Sun City West, AZ. The hospital specializes in orthopedic surgery, heart care, Emergency care, cancer care, and obstetrics. Banner Del E. Webb is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 24 hospitals in seven states. Supporting Banner Del E. Webb’s mission of excellent patient care is Sun Health Foundation, which encourages charitable giving to enhance health care delivery.

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