Social Development supports National Fall Prevention Programme 2018
The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services was proud to support the National Fall Prevention Programme 2018. Now in its second year, this programme, which has attracted in excess of 300-plus nationals, was conducted by the Stay Steady Foundation, a Non-Profit Organisation, in collaboration with the Department of Physiotherapy from the Springfield College, Massachusetts in the U.S. The Programme sought to increase awareness of the risk of falling among persons aged 60 and over in Trinidad and Tobago
Conducted across three communities in Trinidad and one in Tobago, from 12-15 March 2018, the National Fall Prevention Programme also aimed at educating persons on how to decrease fall risk, by exploring and determining factors which increase an individual’s susceptibility to falling. Conclusively, the aim of the National Fall Prevention Programme is to underscore that falls are preventable. Also included were free fall risk screening, educational presentations by medical practitioners/physiotherapists, as well as referrals.
The Ministry’s Division of Ageing was a main feature of the initiative as the Division presented on key issues facing the elderly and provided information on how the Division’s services could be accessed. The Ministry also showcased its various programmes and grants through an information booth and interactive sessions with attendees, most of whom were senior citizens.
The event, which was well received by those in attendance from west, south/central and east Trinidad as well as Tobago, featured a ‘four stage balance test’ and ‘30 second chair stand’ comprised of presentations by Gerontologists and Geriatric Psychiatrists, Medical Doctors, Physical Therapists and Exercise Specialists. During the Program, Dr Carla Rauseo, Director Total Rehabilitation Centre Limited, revealed that falls are the leading cause of injuries among persons aged 65 years and older.
Wynelli Pierre, President of the Physiotherapy Association, stated that she was pleased with the response and anticipates making the programme an annual event.
The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services was once again, a proud supporter of the National Fall Prevention Programme, as the Ministry continues to fulfil its mandate to help…empower…, and transform lives.