Balance screening to assess risk of falls for older adults

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Balance screening to assess risk of falls for older adults

The College of Health and Human Services is partnering with California Health Sciences University to host a free balance screening for adults age 55 and over from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the California Health Sciences University campus (45 N. Clovis Ave., Clovis). The screenings, coordinated by the Senior Awareness and Fall Education (S.A.F.E.) Central Valley Coalition, will assess the strength, balance and risk of falls for individuals. In the U.S., one in three people over the age of 65 will fall, with two-thirds of them experiencing a second fall within six months.

Injuries sustained from falls can lead to hip fractures and other life-altering risks. The S.A.F.E. Coalition was developed to help older adults, and their caretakers, reduce these risks. In addition to the screenings, educational materials, as well as a six-month post-assessment checkup, will be provided for clients.

Fresno State nursing, physical therapy and kinesiology students will collaborate with California Health Sciences University pharmacy students to complete the hour-long screenings, under the supervision of licensed nurse practitioners and physical therapists. An appointment and physician clearance from a doctor is required. INFO: 559.278.2625.