North Chatham Library Fall Prevention Program Targets Older Adults

One out of four or about 32 million older Americans fall each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. One out of every five falls result in broken bones or head injury. Don’t be a statistic! Learn what you can do to prevent falls in your home by removing tripping hazards and improving your overall balance and body strength by attending “Improve Your Balance, Prevent a Fall!” on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 10-11 am. This free Zoom program is being sponsored by the North Chatham Free Library and is open to the public.  

Dr. Lydia Repnoy with Columbia Physical Therapy, PC’s Valatie, NY, office will discuss and demonstrate how to improve your balance and strengthen your legs and muscles to safeguard against falling. Dr. Repnoy received her doctorate from Sage College in 2012 and has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2009. Her areas of interest are orthopedics, geriatrics and fall prevention.

North Chatham Free Library Volunteer Theresa Mayhew will share home safety tips to help keep homes clutter free and reduce the likelihood of falls. She recently retired after 30 years with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties as a Family and Consumer Sciences Resource Educator. For the last several years, she was a member of the Columbia County Office for Aging’s Safe at Home Committee.

This session is part of the North Chatham Free Library’s ongoing series called “Wellness4Us”, a component of its adult learning program called “Enhancing Life Increasing Knowledge” or ELIK which is funded in part by the Fund for Columbia

To attend this session and/or to get on the library mailing list to learn about future programs, participants must pre-register with the library. A Zoom code and password is needed for each session. While day of program requests to attend can usually be accommodated, it’s best to register well in advance by calling 518-766-3211 or emailing mail@northchathamlibrary.org. You do not need to be a member of the library to take part. The next program in the Wellness4Us series is Stream Walk with Fran Martino and will take place on May 20, 2021 from 1 to 2:30 pm. All adult learning library programs are planned, promoted and hosted by volunteers from the community. If you would like to learn more, call or email the library, and someone will get back to you shortly.