Martin County Library System Press Releases

January 28, 2012

Hoke Library to Present Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults 2pm Feb. 8

For immediate release:  Jan. 28, 2012
Contact:  Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-221-1403 

Hoke Library to Hold Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults Feb. 8

WHO:      Martin County Library System

WHAT:   Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults

Fact:  At age 65, older adults are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires or falls compared to the population at large.

Fact: Thirty percent of people age 65 and older are involved in falls each year, the leading cause of death from unintentional injury in the home.

Fact: In the U.S. and Canada, adults age 65 and older make up about 12 percent of the population – and their numbers are increasing.

               Remembering When™ is centered around 16 key safety messages – eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention  – developed by experts from national and local safety organizations as well as through focus group testing in high-fire-risk states. The program was designed to be implemented by a coalition comprising the local fire department, service clubs, social and religious organizations, retirement communities, and others. Coalition members can decide how to best approach the local senior population: through group presentations, during home visits, and/or as part of a smoke alarm installation and fall intervention program.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 8, 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Hoke Library, Community Room, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach

HOW:     Free and open to the public.  No reservations required.

Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, was developed by NFPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible.

For more information or to learn about the Martin County Library System pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call (772) 221-1403, or visit the library website at http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

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