Fall prevention is focus of Feb. 20 balance screenings for older adults

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Fall prevention is focus of Feb. 20 balance screenings for older adults

Every 15 seconds in the U.S. an older adult is treated for a fall in the emergency room. Injuries sustained from the falls can lead to hip fractures and other life-altering risks. To reduce these risks, the Senior Awareness and Fall Education Central Valley Coalition will host a balance screening for adults (age 55 and over) from 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., Feb. 20 and 22, at California Health Sciences University (45 N. Clovis Ave). The screenings will assess the strength, balance and risk of falling for pre-registered individuals and also provide educational materials, as well as a six-month post-assessment checkup. Fresno State students from nursing, physical therapy and kinesiology will collaborate with pharmacy students from California Health Sciences University to complete the hour-long screenings, under the supervision of licensed nurse practitioners and physical therapists. To schedule an appointment or receive more information, contact Karen Nephew at 559.278.7539.