Symposium to Help Educate Preventable Falls on National Falls Prevention Day

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Sarasota, FL: On September 22, 2017 (the 1st day of Fall) Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community will be holding a National Falls Prevention Symposium from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at Sahib Shrine, 600 North Beneva Rd, Sarasota. Pines of Sarasota’s Ready & Steady A Plan for Better Balance joins the National Council on Aging’s Falls Prevention Day in seeking to unite professionals, older adults, and caregivers to play a part in raising awareness and preventing falls in the older adult population.  Pines of Sarasota joins more than 70 national organizations on this day who are
dedicated to the health and wellness of our seniors.

This free-to-the-public event is to learn from leading local physicians who will speak on the topic and from leading experts and resources in our community. The subject matter experts and their topics are:

The subject matter experts and their topics are:

  • Dr. Jason Collins, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Dean Sutherland, MD, PhD, Neurologist
  • Charles Stewart, MD, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Amanda Harrison, Program Director Ready & Steady Falls Prevention
  • Carson Sanders, Sarasota Fire Chief, EMS Division
  • Kathy Black, PhD, Age-Friendly Sarasota
  • Gail Pettit, Tai Chi Instructor

“Falls have become an epidemic in our senior population. At Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care community, hundreds of people have taken our Free Ready & Steady Falls Risk Assessment. But what I am really excited about is that among those who are at risk for falling – so many have taken our physical therapy programs… dramatically improving their balance and their strength so they can have an independent and good quality life for as long as possible The Ready & Steady balance therapy outcomes are the true success story of this program,” explains Joel Amistoso, Director of Rehabilitation Services – Pines of Sarasota.

“Whether you are at risk for falling or a loved one is at risk, this symposium will address important information that can help mitigate preventable falls. If you ask yourself these 4 simple questions and answer yes, then this might be an opportunity to learn more,” says Amanda Harrison, Program Director Ready & Steady Falls Prevention.

  • Have you had a fall in the last 12 months?
  • Do you take three or more types of medication daily?
  • Do you worry about falling?
  • Do you feel uncomfortable in a busy place with people walking quickly around you?

For reservations please call, 941.552.1882. To schedule an interview with one of the Symposium experts or with one of our Ready & Steady experts, please call Lisabeth Begin, Publicist 727-243-6965.

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