As more and more people are choosing to age-in-place in their own homes, a safe home environment is crucial.  Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries such as hip fractures and head trauma.  However, the good news is that falls can be prevented!

On Wednesday, March 13 at 10 am, Julie Reich, Acting Executive Director of SAGE Eldercare, will present a program on “Home Sweet Home.”  The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will include ways to modify your lifestyle and home environment to reduce your chances of falls in the home, as well as provide tips to make your home safe.

In addition to Ms. Reich, David Schwartz, Business Development Manager of LifeAid, will be on hand to discuss personal emergency response systems, including how they work and why they are important.  Both presenters will be available to answer questions about fall prevention and medical alert systems. 

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“Falls are the most common cause of nonfatal injuries, the most common cause of hospital admission for trauma, and the leading cause of injury-related deaths among older adults,” stated Julie Reich of SAGE Eldercare.  “All people are at risk of falling.  However, as we age, the impact of a fall tends to be greater.  The good news is that many falls can be prevented.” 

SAGE Eldercare, whose mission is to help support the independence, well-being and quality of life of older adults, has a Fall Prevention Initiative to help seniors reduce their risk of falling.  Throughout the year, SAGE sponsors a variety of fall prevention programs, and hosts weekly exercise classes.

To register for the March 13 program or to learn more about fall prevention, call 908.598.5548 or email education@sageeldercare.org.  

SAGE Eldercare supports the independence, well-being and quality of life of older adults, their families and caregivers, through the provision of client-centered health, social and support services.  Founded in 1954, SAGE is one of the few non-profit eldercare agencies in the United States, and the oldest in New Jersey, that offers a broad and comprehensive array of services under one roof that assist elderly, often frail, adults to remain independent in their own homes. 

Programs at SAGE Eldercare include: HomeCare; Meals On Wheels; Spend-A-Day Adult Day Health Center; GPS (Guidance Planning Support) Services; InfoCare free information and referral service; Fall Prevention Initiative; Home Repair Service; Grocery Shopping and Errand Service; Bill Paying Service; Holistic Living Services; Alzheimer’s and PREP caregiver support groups; Community Education; and Union County Medicare SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program).  In addition, SAGE has operated a Furniture Restoration Workshop, run by volunteers who specialize in caning and rushing chairs and refinishing furniture, and a Resale Shop for more than 50 years.  Both provide essential funding that supports the organization’s programs and services for older adults in the community. 

SAGE Eldercare serves 7,000 people throughout Union, Essex, Morris and Somerset Counties, as well as across the United States.  For more information, call 908.273.5550 or visit www.sageeldercare.org.