Our Fall Prevention Seminar held at The Queen's Medical Center was a huge success!
Hundreds turned out for this community event to learn more about preventing falls and how seniors are especially at risk for injuries relating to falls.
Eileen Phillips, RN, Client Service Director for Attention Plus Care, welcomes guests to the Fall Prevention Seminar.
At the seminar, Phillips reported that falls are a growing concern statewide, and Hawai'i has launched a 2013-2018 Hawai'i Falls Prevention State Plan. The State Plan identifies fall risk factors, local and national statistics, and four foundations that are evidence-based interventions to prevent falls: 1) Physical Activity, 2) Medication Management, 3) Vision Checks, and 4) Home Modifications. "The Fall Prevention Seminar is the first educational awareness campaign built on the four foundations from this strategic plan", said Phillips.
Jerry Punzal, a Senior Trainer for Still & Moving Center, and long time Tai Chi Instructor, gets motivated with his audience before guiding them in a Tai Chi demonstration.
"Tai Chi for Better Balance is a safe and effective program for older adults to maintain and in many cases improve in areas of strength, endurance, coordination, range of motion, and balance." said Punzal.
University of Hawaii Associate Professor of Surgery, and Medical Director of Trauma Services at The Queen's Medical Center, Dr. Caesar Ursic cautioned the audience in why preventing falls is so important, using strong imagery of what patients may experience in the hospital after a fall.
Dr. Ursic stated "We should look at these falls as potentially devastating, horrific injuries, so any time spent trying to avoid them is time time very well spent." He also reported that falls are the leading cause of brain injuries in adults 65 years and older, with those sustaining moderate to severe head injuries having a 38 percent chance of dying as a result of the injury.
Medical Director of Geriatric Services/Progressive Care Unit at The Queen's Medical Center, and Clinical Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, Dr Shari Kogan presented on Medication Management as a part of preventing falls.
"Seniors should have all of their medications reviewed by their doctor or pharmacist. Alcohol and over the counter sleeping medications should also be avoided as these contribute to falls." said Dr. Kogan.
Dr. Hugo Higa, an Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon, presented on Visual Impairment and Fall Prevention in the elderly.
As a specialist in Aging Eye Care Dr. Higa reviewed issues related to seniors falling as a result of vision problems and what they can do about it. He also encouraged seniors to get their vision checked by a specialist as most vision conditions are treatable.
Think Healthy, Eat Healthy, Act Healthy...Be Healthy!
20th Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day Wednesday, May 29, 2013; 8am to 11am
We had some great speakers and exercise classes! Thanks to all the vendors that supported this event and thank you to the Y.M.C.A for hosting again this year!
Attention Plus Care
In honor of National Nurses Week in May, Attention Plus Care will pay tribute to the nurses company-wide for the profound difference they make in their clients' lives. Additionally, the company will recognize Registered Nurse Ivani Phillips with the "Outstanding Nurse" award. Mrs. Phillips, RN was selected because of her perfect attendance, company loyalty, exceptional performance evaluations, and compassionate care with her clients.
Attention Plus care will recognize Ivani Phillips with the "Outstanding Nurse" award in honor of National Nurses Week in May. Phillips, a registered nurse at Attention Plus Care, was selected because of company loyalty, exceptional performance evaluations, perfect attendance and compassionate care with her clients.
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