Contributed by Project Mend a House
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, would like to thank all of the volunteers and community partners who assisted and participated with our Fall Risk Screen which was held on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Calvary Baptist Church, 15880 Crest Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22191. We were able to screen over 60 of our local senior citizens who feel they might be at risk for falling in their home. We would like to especially recognize and thank Rosemarie Walker from The Area on Aging, Marilyn Pietre, Dir. of Marketing & Chef Claude Gillespie from Potomac Place, Jian Zhang from Virginia Tech, Susanna Garcia from Wal Mart Vision, Dr Amy Goodwine from Ascent Audiology, Judy Merrin, RN & Dana Goward, RN from Sentara Community Services, Jessica Davis, store mgr. & Gina, pharmacist from Walgreen Marumsco Plaza Store, Dr. Ashley Rolley from Fusion Physical Therapy and Kris Kendrick from Piedmont Physical Therapy. Without our wonderful volunteers and community partners, we could not provide services like this to our aging senior community.
During the Fall Risk Screening, seniors were checked for vision, hearing, physical therapy (gait and balance check) and a pharmacist checked medications. Participants will have the opportunity to take apart in a research project headed by the Locomotion Research Department of Virginia Tech to further the development of new technology to help prevent falls among older adults.
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.
Our next Fall Risk Screening will be on Saturday, April 12th at Potomac Place located at 2133 Montgomery Avenue in Woodbridge, VA 22192.If you would like to volunteer or know any seniors interested in participating, please contact: Melody Cherry, 703-792-6402 or 571-575-4194. You can also reach her by email at [email protected]
PMAH is always looking for volunteers to assist with it’s mission helping our senior residents. . 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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