LBCC hosts meeting of California Falls Prevention Leadership

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Long Beach City College – Senior Studies program will be the meeting site of this year’s leadership meeting of Stop Falls California. Stop Falls California is the single coordinating effort of falls prevention in California.

California is home to one of the largest senior populations in the US. With over 4.3 million residents 65 or older it is also has one of the highest incidents of falls in the country. Since 2005 efforts have been building to reach all California communities. Two-thirds of our seniors live in the SF/Bay Area or in the LA Basin. Local coalitions, such as the LA County Coalition is the immediate resource to support the 1.1 million seniors living in our county.

On November 12th fall prevention leaders will come to LBCC to discuss the challenges of falls prevention in light of limited resources and increased demand. Long Beach has led the way in implementing evidence based falls prevention program and working within a local partnership is designing an improved pathway to minimize falls and the injuries associated with them.

In addition to LBCC – Senior Studies program, St. Mary’s/Dignity Health and Heart of Ida will co-host.

Attendees: Miriam Rabinovitz, SIPP Coordinator, Alameda County; Gretchen Swanson, Steering Committee Representative, LA County Falls Prevention Coalition; Kristen Smith and Kari Carmody, Aging and Independence Services San Diego County; Ellen Corman, Stanford University Medical Center Trauma & Emergency Services; Christy Adams, Injury Prevention Coordinator, UC Davis; Holly Sisneros and Karissa Anderson, California Department of Public Health.

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