Reviewed by Dr. Porter on October 24, 2018
Pierce County Fall Prevention Coalition
Harbor Audiology & Hearing Services Inc. is pleased to announce we are a sponsor of the Falls Free event on September 22nd at Patriots Landing Retirement Community in Dupont. The objective of the event is to raise awareness about the risk of falls and educate on prevention. This unique event is free to the public and will provide education and services to the community on fall prevention. Ed Hrivnak from the Central Pierce Fire Department will be the special Guest Speaker.
Harbor Fall Prevention Event
WHEN 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
LOCATION Patriots Landing Retirement Community 1600 Marshall Cir, DuPont, WA 98327
*Complimentary lunch provided.
Attendees may contact [email protected] or call Pierce County ADRC at (253) 798-4600 for more information.
It is the mission of the Pierce County Fall Prevention Coalition to reduce falls at home, at work and in the community. They accomplish their goals through public education, advocacy, networking, and resource education. They work with diverse professionals in health and fitness, and providers within the community.
Falls & Hearing Loss
At our Harbor Audiology & Hearing Services offices in Gig Harbor, Tacoma and the surrounding areas we don’t just care about your ears, we also care about your entire body.
It’s been proven that untreated hearing loss can affect your balance and mobility.
Keep Up On Your Health:
- Have your hearing checked: Good hearing helps us notice sounds in our environment that can warn of danger. People who cannot hear well may stay by themselves and be less active. Reduced activity can put you at risk for falling.
- Keep your vision sharp: Poor vision can make it harder to get around safely. To help make sure you’re seeing clearly, have your eyes checked every year and wear glasses or contact lenses with the right prescription strength.
- Keep muscles strong through exercise: Sitting too much puts you at risk for falling! Many exercise programs improve strength and balance.
- Learn about classes that target health conditions that you might have, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, or Parkinson’s disease. Learn about the medications you are taking: People who take four or more medications may be at risk for falling. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the medications you are taking and any side effects. Make sure you tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs, herbal remedies, and vitamins.
Make Your House Safer:
About half of all falls happen at home
- Use bright light bulbs to brighten dark rooms.
- Wear secure shoes, not slippers or flip-flops, inside and outside of the house.
- Use contrasting colors at steps or thresholds so you can see them clearly. For example, if your bathroom is painted white, make sure the shower curtain is a different color and the threshold into the shower is a contrasting color. On dark wooden floors, paint the edge of the steps a lighter color.
- Use care in the bathroom: The bathroom can be a dangerous place. The floor can become wet and slippery, making it easier to fall. Getting in and out of the tub or shower is a common time for people to fall. To prevent falls in the bathroom:
- Use non-slip mats or strips in the bathtub or shower.
- Install grab bars inside and outside of the tub or shower. Install grab bars near the toilet for support.
- Clean up wet areas and spills as quickly as possible.
- Keep emergency phone numbers in large print close by.
If you’re afraid of falling or feel like you are at risk of falling because of a hearing or balance problem, schedule a hearing exam at one of our offices in Gig Harbor 253-203-6641, Tacoma (253) 617-7160 or Silverdale location at (360) 692-6650 today.