Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2018 is September 22, the first day of the fall season. Falls Prevention programs are offered at Cobb County Public Libraries in September 2018 – and throughout the year.
Injuries from falls are a leading reason Cobb County residents visit hospital emergency rooms – about one Cobb resident per hour, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
For seniors, falls can be devastating and life-altering. The good news: “Serious falls are not an inevitable part of aging.”
The Cobb County Public Library System’s Falls Prevention Awareness initiative was launched in 2015.
Throughout September 2018, the Cobb County Public Library will be hosting programs to raise awareness about falls prevention and other safety-oriented resources. Falls Prevention programs are also included in East Cobb Library’s Senior Wellness Series and offered at public libraries across the county.
Find Your Balance in Cobb!
The 2018 Cobb County library free events in support of Falls Prevention includes programs by Cobb Senior Services, WellStar Health System, free vision screenings by area Lions Clubs, Master Gardener Joe Washington and more.
Find Your Balance in Cobb: Agility Ability Course
Senior Wellness Center, Marietta
Thursday, September 6
11 am to 2 pm
The Senior Wellness Center of Cobb Senior Services is partnering with the Cobb County Public Library for Falls Prevention Awareness Month. The CDC reports that one in five falls causes a serious injury and the fear of falling can seriously affect quality of life for older individuals. Information on fall prevention classes, a fitness obstacle course, along with mini fall assessments will be available for participants during the fair. Free and open to the public. All ages welcome!
Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta 30064. (770) 528-5355.
Find Your Balance in Cobb demonstration classes will be presented by Cobb Senior Services at Cobb County Public Libraries and at the Smyrna Public Library, the City of Smyrna’s library, in September. The one-hour classes include:
- Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) at the Smyrna Public Library on Tuesday, September 11 at 11 am. 100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna 30080. (770) 431-2860
- Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention at the Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center, 2051 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta 30068. (770) 509-2711
- Assistive Technology Demo at the Windy Hill Library on Monday, September 17 at 10 am. Windy Hill Library, 1885 Roswell St., Smyrna 30080. (770) 528-2677
- Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention at the Stratton Library on Tuesday, September 25 at 11 am. Stratton Library, 1100 Powder Springs St., Marietta 30064. (770) 528-2522
Instructor Jim Beasley will present Introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong at the Switzer Library on Thursday, September 6, 4 pm to 5:30 pm. He has been training in Qigong and other martial arts for over 30 years and teaching over 25 years. Class size is limited to eight and registration is required. Switzer Library, 266 Roswell St. Marietta 30060. (770) 528-2320
The 2018 Falls Prevention Awareness events includes Free Vision Screenings by volunteers from four area Lions Clubs. The five Lions events at Cobb County libraries include:
- Saturday, September 8, 2 pm to 4 pm: Kennesaw Library, 2250 Lewis St., Kennesaw 30152. (770) 528-2529. North Cobb Lions Club
- Tuesday, September 11, 2 pm to 4 pm: West Cobb Regional Library, Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw 30144. (770) 528-4699. Paulding-West Cobb Lions Club
- Tuesday, September 18, 1 pm to 4 pm: South Cobb Regional Library, 805 Clay Road, Mableton 30126, (678) 398-5828. South Cobb Lions Club
- Wednesday, September 19, 1 pm to 4 pm: Sibley Library, 2539 South Cobb Dr., Marietta 30060. (770) 528-2520. South Cobb Lions Club
- Friday, September 21, Noon to 2 pm: East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta 30068, (770) 528-2730. East Cobb Lions Club
The South Cobb Regional Library hosts WellStar Health Screening for Falls Prevention on Tuesday, September 18, 11 am to 3 pm. The health screenings for adults ages 18 and up related to falls prevention by WellStar Community Education & Outreach includes blood pressure, glucose, total cholesterol and bone density. (678) 398-5828
Find Your Balance with GLASS, Georgia Library for Accessible Statewide Services, at East Cobb Library on Friday, September 21, 11 am to noon. Explore Talking Books for individuals with visual impairment. The program will be followed by free vision screening by the East Cobb Lions Club from noon to 2 pm. East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta 30068, (770) 528-2730
Find Your Balance with Master Gardener Joe Washington at the East Cobb Library on Saturday, September 22 from 11 am to noon. He will discuss tools, techniques and resources for adapting your environment for gardening.
The original of Ground Breakers, HGTV’s longest running landscape show, the Cobb County Master Gardener is a former Atlanta TV news and sports anchor and a headliner at home and garden shows. He is an advocate for smart gardening practices to reduce water use and adaptive gardening for seniors and people with disabilities.
East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta 30068, (770) 528-2730
Cobb County libraries are working strategically to engage everyone with organizations and health- and safety-related resources in the community. We are collaborating with government, healthcare and community agencies focused on addressing the costly public health issue. Several local, state and national Falls Prevention resources are available for libraries and other organizations.
The annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day event at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta is Friday, September 14, 2018 will include demonstrations, health checks, screenings, and more. The event is presented by Shepherd Center, Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Department of Human Services, and Grady Health System.
The first three years of the library’s Falls Prevention Awareness Initiative
The 2017 Falls Prevention Awareness events included:
- Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention demonstration classes with support from Cobb Senior Services at the East Cobb, South Cobb, Kennesaw and Kemp Memorial libraries.
- Free Vision Screening by the Paulding-West Cobb Lions Club at the West Cobb and Powder Springs libraries; the South Cobb Lions Club at the South Cobb and Sibley libraries; and the North Cobb Lions Club at the Kennesaw Library.
- South Cobb Regional Library hosted WellStar Community Education and Outreach for WellStar Health Screening for adults.
The 2016 Falls Prevention Awareness events included:
- Free Vision Screening events by the Marietta Lions Club at Switzer Library, the South Cobb Lions Club at the South Cobb Regional Library, and the East Cobb Lions Club at the Gritters Library
- WellStar Health Screening for Falls Prevention by WellStar Health System at the South Cobb and Gritters libraries.
- Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls with Tai Chi at East Cobb Library. Barry Murray, who has practiced Tai Chi for two decades, led the class.
- Benefits of Tango for Older Adults and People with Parkinson’s Disease, a presentation and demonstration at Mountain View Regional Library by dance therapy researcher Madeleine Hackney PhD (Emory University School of Medicine and Atlanta VA Medical Center)
- Adaptive Gardening by Master Gardener Joe Washington at Vinings Library
- Ready, Steady, Balance: Take Action for Falls Prevention at West Cobb Regional Library
Here is an overview of the events in 2015 :
• The East Cobb Library hosted a Falls Prevention Awareness Open House. The 2015 national theme was “Take a Stand to Prevent Falls.” Community partners for the event included WellStar Health System, Cobb Senior Services, Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services, Emory University Center for Health in Aging, East Cobb Lions Club, Cobb County Master Gardener Joe Washington, former host of HGTV’s Ground Breakers; Tango Rio, Cobb County Aquatic Centers and Metro Music Therapy. The East Cobb Library event included health checks based on falls prevention best practices or evidence-based criteria, vendors and demonstrations such as Adaptive Gardening, Adapted Tango, music therapy and Tai Chi.
• The South Cobb Regional Library hosted a health screening event by WellStar.
• The Library System joined other Cobb County Government departments in April 2015 with staff members completing Coach training for “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls,” an eight-week class for seniors hosted by Cobb Senior Services. The Library System’s West Cobb Regional Manager Sherry Blomeley and Adult Services Librarian Susan Irvin of East Cobb Library completed this training. They led their first class, which meets for two hours each week, at the West Cobb Senior Center during summer of 2015 and a class at the East Cobb Library in the spring of 2016.
• During September 2015, three Cobb County libraries hosted CarFit, an interactive program designed to improve older driver safety. Trained volunteers provide information to ensure the safest “fit” for older drivers in their vehicles. Support for the CarFit events was provided by Chattahoochee Technical College and Cobb County Cooperative Extension Services. Kennesaw Library Branch Manager Ginny Everett received the CarFit technician training and certification in 2015. For more information, click here.
• For young children and parents, Mumferd Safety Tales by Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre was presented at four Cobb County libraries. In this 30-minute production appropriate for children ages 3-7, Mumferd learns skills to help him stay safe – and shares what he learns about safety at home and in the community along the way.
• New items on falls prevention and related topics have been added to the library’s catalog.
For more information on Falls Prevention and related health and safety resources, click here.