May 21, 2013

The Gulf Coast Falls Prevention Coalition, a Florida Department of Elder Affairs sub-committee composed of volunteers from local and statewide healthcare agencies, including local Home Health Agencies, Hospitals, Health First Network, the Area Agency on Aging and Escambia Council on Aging, recently held a health fair and health education event on Fall Risk and Health Risk Awareness for Seniors at the East Brent Baptist Church on Davis Highway.

Health Care Screenings that were provided included Vision, Hearing, Osteoporosis, Vascular Screenings, Medication Safety, Diabetic Foot Checks, Blood Pressure, Balance - Sit to Stand and others. Educational materials were available to determine if a senior was at risk for Falls. One in three seniors age 65 and older fall each year.

Taking blood pressures at the event were Pat Ast, RN, Director of Health Services for Health First Network, and ACO Care Coordinators Janet Blough-Black, RN, and Pam Shelton, RN.

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