Helping Our Senior Community Stay Safe

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Oct 06, 2017

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If the unexpected happens, you need the best care as quickly as possible.
Good Samaritan Medical Center (GSMC) provides community members with convenient access to resources and specialized care without having to transfer to another facility.

The leading cause of trauma at GSMC and in Boulder County is older adult falls. In 2016, the hospital saw over 300 patients admitted due to a fall, with approximately 65 percent of these patients aged 65 years and older. As a Level II Trauma Center, the hospital is charged with addressing the most common mechanisms of injury by empowering community members with injury prevention strategies and education.

One such resource available to all Boulder County residents is the Matter of Balance class. Taught in conjunction with the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, the Matter of Balance class is an eight-week course held in the fall and spring, and runs for two hours once a week. Focusing on strategies for remaining active and independent, the course teaches exercises to improve balance skills, flexibility, strength, coordination and overall health condition. In addition to exploring and discussing their own beliefs about falling, participants learn about nutrition, how medications can increase the risk for falls, ways to talk with a doctor about falls, and methods for improving home safety.

To register or learn more about the Matter of Balance class, call the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging at 303-441-3599.

Motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of traumatic injuries treated at GSMC. To help facilitate improved driving safety, the hospital hosts a CarFit event once a quarter. Developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, CarFit utilizes professional technicians to properly fit a drivers seat, safety belt, mirrors and more to ensure the driver is as safe as possible. Occupational Therapists are also involved to help recommend adaptive features to address unique physical needs.

To make an appointment or learn more about CarFit events, call the GSMC Trauma Outreach & Injury Prevention Coordinator at 303-689-4623.

The GSMC injury prevention team is also available to speak at schools, community events and housing communities. To learn more or schedule a speaking event, call 303-689-4623.

Editors Note: This article was submitted by Rachel Hamasaki, Communications Manager at Good Samaritan Medical Center and may be reached at 303-689-5278 or by email at Rachel.Hamasaki@sclhs.net

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