Contributed by Project Mend-A-House
On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, Project Mend a House, a non-profit organization serving seniors, veterans, the disabled and low income residents for Prince William County, the City of Manassas, and Manassas Park, welcomed the community of aging for a fall risk screening for seniors ages 60 and over at the Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Woodbridge VA. The screenings were offered at NO CHARGE to the participants.
The participants were screened for blood pressure, hearing, vision, physical therapy, reach extension and they met with a pharmacist to check their medications. Kevin Tamai, Project Mend a House Community Connection Coordinator stated “We would like to thank all of the volunteers who made this event possible. Special thanks to the Good Shepard Lutheran Church, the Northern Virginia Community College School of Nursing, Sentra Healthcare, Home Instead, Wal Mart Optics, Ascent Audiology, and all of the other individual volunteers. We can not provide community service events like this without the support of our community.”
As a member of the Northern Virginia Fall Prevention Coalition (NVFPC) , through a grant from the Potomac Health Foundation, Project Mend a House is helping to implement the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) ‘Preventing Falls’ program into the communities of Northern Virginia. The CDC reports that each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death. Twenty to thirty percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas. These injuries can make it hard to get around or live independently. Fortunately, falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable. The program has already been successfully completed at various centers in the wood bridge and Manassas area thanks to individuals, organizations and businesses donating their time and expertise.
Bill Tabor, a retired Army veteran from Lake Ridge stated “These types of screenings are really critical to our seniors. Taking these preventative measures like this is so important to proactively prevent falls and to create awareness with seniors is just great. I am so happy to volunteer my time to support Project Mend a House Fall Risk Screenings. They do so much to provide support and assistance to our community of aging. I just started volunteering my time with them. They do great work. I plan to continue to support all of the services they provide to our community and encourage others to do so as well.”
For more information about our next screening, please contact: Melody Cherry, 703-792-6402 or 571-575-4194. You can also reach her by email at [email protected]
PMAH welcomes tax-deductible donations to help this nonprofit continue to serve low-income residents in Prince William County, the City of Manassas, and Manassas Park. Donations directly benefit those whom Project Mend-A-House serves. To make a donation, sponsor a project or just learn more about PMAH, visit www.pmahweb.org. You can also call the PMAH office at 703-792-7663, Monday-Friday 8-4pm.
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