Tonight’s the night! I am pleased to be offering a Stein Public Lecture called “Taking a Stand to Prevent Falls” at UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging on the issue of falls in the aging population and evidence-based strategies to reduce fall risk. The lecture will be held tonight, January 27, 2016, at the Garren Auditorium on the UCSD campus from 5:30pm to 7pm. I would love to have you join me tonight!
My goal is to educate the public in order to reduce the suffering of older adults with unexplained repeated falls, and the resulting mental health overlay of confusion, stress, despair and hopelessness that often follows.
The population over 65 is growing rapidly and the age-adjusted fall-injury death rate in older adults has nearly doubled in the US since 2000, so the socio-economic impact of falls creates an urgent public health issue. Other costs of falls include the emotional and psychosocial impact on the older adult who is falling and those who love them.
I have witnessed whole family systems impacted by fear, confusion and stress when one of the older family members is experiencing unexplained repeated falls. Eventually, feelings of frustration, anger and despair may arise for patients and their families, especially in the case of chronic falls.
My intention in offering this lecture is to clear up confusion, provide helpful information and empower you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make the best decisions for yourself and your loved ones – to reduce fall risk with aging.
The research, fall prevention tips and information I will share tonight concern our entire community – people of all ages, races, religions, cultures and ethnic backgrounds. I believe our mutual desire to improve the quality of life for the elders in our community unites us.
The recordings of the Stein Center Public lectures have been viewed by over a billion people so I am very grateful for this platform to share my important message. My first UCSD Stein Public lecture will air on UCSD-TV on March 10, 2016.
Click here for a list of works cited during my talk.