SCREENING FOR HAND STRENGTH & RISK OF FALLING
Thursday, May 23
12:30 – 3:00 pm
3501 Midvale Avenue
Drop in to this FREE screening by Occupational Therapy students from Jefferson. Each screening will take about 20 minutes.
Teams of two students will administer several tests (blood pressure and other vitals, balance, and screens for hand strength and risk of falling).
Having strong hands and fingers obviously makes a difference in opening containers and doing other small tasks, but it also has links to overall health! Research is showing links between cardiovascular health and longevity with hand strength.
Come and find out how strong you are and learn some simple exercises to increase your hand strength!
Falls can be very serious in older adults:
· Falls are the leading reason people end up in nursing homes
· Over 50% of falls in seniors result in an injury
· Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in an ER as a result of a fall
· Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall
· 1 in 4 Americans over 65 falls each year.
Learn if you are at risk of falling – and what you can do about it.
NOTE: This program was originally scheduled for May 16.