A Balancing Act: Fall Prevention Classes

Falls are the key causes of fatal injuries and are the most common cause of hospital admissions among senior citizens. One in four Americans age 65 and over fall each year, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall. Further, a recent review of ambulance calls to Saddleback Medical Center involving Village Residents during the past four months revealed that 50% were the result of a fall.

The Foundation of Laguna Woods Village has partnered with the Social Services Division and MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center to implement a fall-prevention program designed to increase Resident awareness and the availability of fall-prevention services. 

Classes will focus on fall prevention topics, including sit-to-stand instruction, dynamic standing exercises, fall recovery and more. See below for dates and times for workshop presentation and class schedules.

For more information about the program or the ongoing program to provide medical alerts for fall-prone individuals with limited financial means, contact Social Services at 949-597-4267 or the foundation at 949-268-2246 or thefoundation@comline.com


Balance and Fall Prevention Workshop Presentations

Clubhouse 7 from 2:30 to 4 p.m., August 28*
No registration required

Speaker Ashley Balaker, MD, is board certified in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery and is a subspecialist in otology/neurotology. She is an honors graduate of University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics. She completed her residency in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at UCLA and completed a two-year subspecialty fellowship in otology/neurotology and skull base surgery at the California Ear Institute in Palo Alto, California. 

*Stay tuned for more presentations by fall prevention experts featured at Clubhouse 7 on October 30, February 26, April 29 and June 24. 

Balance and Fall Prevention Eight-Week Class Series

Fridays, 1 to 2 p.m.

Clubhouse 5 Fitness Room

Four classes (September to October, January to February, March to April and May to June), each with eight sessions  

To enroll in the eight-week class series, visit memorialcare.org/LWFallPrevention or call 800-636-6742.

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