FREE Fall Risk Prevention Screening on April 12, 2014

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Contributed by Project Mend a House

Project Mend a House logoPrince William, VA, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — Project Mend-A- House (PMAH), a non-profit organization serving seniors, veterans, the disabled and low income residents for Prince William County, the City of Manassas, and Manassas Park, has a special request for participants for an upcoming fall risk screening for seniors ages 60 and over. The screenings are offered at NO CHARGE to the participants.  Light refreshments will be served.

Our next free screening will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2104 at Potomac Place, 2133 Montgomery Avenue, Woodbridge, VA 22191. Seniors interested in participating MUST register. Please contact: Melody Cherry, 703-792-6402 or 571-575-4194. You can also reach her by email at

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.

We will be checking vision, hearing, physical therapy (gait and balance check) and a pharmacist will check your medications. Participants will have the opportunity to take part 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.

“Our Fall Risk Screenings are a key component of our mission to help seniors live safely and independently in their homes.” said Jennifer Schock-Bolles, PMAH Executive Director. “Through the screenings we help educate county residents about common fall risks and help identify areas they may be personally at risk.”

PMAH welcomes tax-deductible donations to help continue to serve low-income, disabled, veterans and senior residents in Prince William County, the City of Manassas, and Manassas Park.  Donations directly benefit those whom Project Mend-A-House serves.  In addition, we are always looking for more volunteers to help us with our mission.  To volunteer, make a donation, sponsor a project or just learn more about PMAH, visit  You can also call the PMAH office at 703-792-7663, Monday-Friday 9-3pm.

Project Mend-A-House, a local 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, has been serving the residents of Prince William, City of Manassas and the Manassas Park areas for over 30 years by working with the Area Agency on Aging and other organizations to reach out to low income residents, veterans, seniors, veterans and disabled in need of a helping hand with the maintenance of their home. We solicit the skills of volunteer carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters, gardeners and others, matching them with people in need of minor home repairs and safety modifications. The repairs we do lead to significant improvements in the quality of life for area residents. Each year over 100 volunteers give more than 6000 hours of their time on over 400 projects. Projects may include simple home repairs, to safety modifications, to building handicap accessible ramps. For more information, please visit our website at or contact

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