Simple Steps Suggested To Reduce Fall Risk


Rebecca Nissala of the Payson Regional Medical Center recently spoke to Senior Circle members about fall prevention in the home. Nissala, a registered nurse for 20 years, spent 14 years working in the emergency department and has seen it all.

The risk of falling increases as we age, as does the seriousness of the injury. It’s important not to wait until you are in your 80s and 90s to start taking precautions. Crucial to fall prevention is regular vision and hearing checks and asking questions about medications, herbs and prescription drugs that may be causing you to feel off balance.

If you have been wearing the same glasses for the last 10 years, it may be time to look into having an eye exam and getting a new prescription for glasses.

Equally important is to keep hallways and walkways well lit and clear of clutter. Move light switches to where they are easily accessible to hallways, walkways and stairways. If you are in the habit of walking down dark stairs in the middle of the night, you need to start turning on the light switch.

Nissala said statistics show that in aging adults brain damage is the highest reported injury as a result of a fall.

Regular exercise can help to increase balance and reduce falls. Exercise such as walking, tai chi and water aerobics are great forms of exercise that can help strengthen muscles and increase balance. The Senior Circle offers a free tai chi (qigong) class at 9 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays and a substantial discount to the Tonto Gym, which has an excellent water aerobics class offered Monday through Saturday, both in the morning and evening. To learn more about these classes and discounts, you can call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290.

Learn about Hospice

Kathleen Hughes of Hospice Compassus will be speaking at the Senior Circle Lunch and Learn Wednesday, Sept. 22. She will answer the basic questions such as:

What is hospice care?

Who is eligible for hospice care?

What services are covered by hospice?

Learn about the option of hospice and how it can assist you in dealing with the health issues of your loved ones.

The event is from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Sept. 22 and is free, however, pre-registration is necessary, call (928) 472-9290.


Senior Circle Annual Picnic

The Senior Circle Annual Picnic is fast approaching. Join members Saturday, Sept. 25 at Rumsey Park Ramada 5 for fun, food, friendship, games, music, giveaways and more.

The picnic will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free; just bring a potluck dish. Pulled pork will be provided as the main dish. Reservations are advised. Call (928) 472-9290 to sign up.


On display at the Senior Circle are some of the beautiful photos taken by the digital camera class. Be sure to stop by and take a look at some of these impressive photos. It just goes to show you that you are never too old to learn something new.

The Senior Circle will be holding a free class on how to buy a digital camera from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5.


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