St. Mary Medical Center to Host Fall Prevention Summit

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Senior advocacy groups, service providers, and emergency responders are invited to join the new Community Fall Prevention Leadership Group and attend the Falls Summit 2014 at St. Mary Medical Center on Jan. 29 from 8 to 10 a.m.

The Heart of Ida, a local nonprofit funded by the State Department of Public Health to study falls among older adults in Long Beach, will co-sponsor the Falls Summit, a community-wide strategy session to reduce first and subsequent falls among those over the age of 65.

One in three older adults will experience a fall each year. In Long Beach, this means more than 14,000 older adults will fall in 2014. The first fall is an important wake-up call. If the cause of the first fall is not addressed, there is great risk of a subsequent fall. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has built a rigorous falls prevention strategy. Referred to as STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries), it is an evidence-based multi-tiered initiative proven to reduce falls in older adults living in the community.

Long Beach is a leader in implementing the STEADI program. The Community Fall Prevention Leadership Group will use the Falls Summit to explore gait and balance disorders, and community paramedics, among other topics. The event will be hosted by St. Mary Medical Center’s Senior Wellness Program and The Heart of Ida.

About The Heart of Ida
Heart of Ida is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 2009 to meet the needs of older adults in and around Long Beach, CA. The Heart of Ida is named after Ida Alice Reich, a community activist who spent the majority of her time on earth helping those in need. Ida took her granddaughters, Dina and Keri, on annual visits to local nursing homes. Those visits changed their lives. In honor of Ida, Dina and Keri founded The Heart of Ida to serve the needs of older adults. The mission of The Heart of Ida is to help older adults preserve independence as long as possible, and provide comfort and cheer when assisted living is necessary.

About St. Mary Medical Center
Founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 1923, St. Mary Medical Center, a member of Dignity Health, offers a full continuum of primary and secondary acute care services to the Greater Long Beach community. With more than 600 physicians, more than 1,350 employees and 389 private rooms, St. Mary is committed to providing a unique balance of leading edge technology, while ensuring dignity and compassionate care of body, mind and spirit to the community it serves. Currently, St. Mary Medical Center enjoys a reputation for quality, including Healthgrades awards: three consecutive years of Maternity Excellence Awards (2011-2013); two consecutive years of Patient Safety Excellence Awards (2012-2013); Stroke Care Excellence Award (2011, 2012, 2014); a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, a CIGNA Bariatric Center of Excellence designation, and a Blue DistinctionÒ Center for Cardiac Care designation. For more information, please visit us at

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