NEW LENOX, IL — Trinity Services, Inc. is committed to empowering all older adults in communities the organization serves throughout Illinois to age well, and that includes avoiding falls.
This September 21-25, 2020, Trinity is partnering with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to observe Falls Prevention Awareness Week. Falls are one of the greatest causes of serious injuries and death among people over age 65.
As part of this national outreach campaign, Trinity Services is holding a virtual event Monday, October 19, to raise awareness among older adults in the communities the organization supports. Trinity Services Chief Operating Officer Tina Fogarty and Director of Medical Services Dr. Rajani Patwari will present information on falls, including the definition of falls, if falls are preventable, fall risk factors, tips to reduce the risk of falling, screening tools and community resources.
The event will also feature a new online falls risk assessment tool available at no cost to individuals across the country. Visitors to www.ncoa.org/FallsFreeCheckUp can complete a short, 12-question survey that screens them for the most common falls risk factors.
Those interested in the event may visit www.trinityservices.org closer to October 19 for details.
Additionally, people with developmental disabilities and mental illness whom Trinity Services supports are learning about falls prevention awareness this week through curriculum and activities.
“We are proud to be part of this very important nationwide initiative to inform people that falling is not a normal part of aging,” said Tina Fogarty, chief operating officer of Trinity Services. “We encourage people we support, their family members, our supporters and our neighbors to learn more about falls prevention this week and use NCOA’s free falls risk assessment tool at www.ncoa.org.”
Trinity Services, Inc. is a 70-year-old, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives. Trinity serves roughly 3,500 people in more than 30 communities in northeast, central and southwest Illinois. To learn more, visit www.trinityservices.org.