Sparrow offers free Senior Fall Prevention Series

Published: July 15, 2015

Fall-related injuries are common, especially in our senior population. The risk of falls by a loved one is a constant source of worry for mid-Michigan families. In fact, across the nation millions of older adults are treated every year in emergency departments for non-fatal falls, costing tens of billions of dollars for health care.

Sparrow is addressing this public health concern by offering a free, six-week Senior Fall Prevention Series as an educational service. Free community learning sessions are part of our mission to improve the health of the people in our communities by providing quality, compassionate care to everyone, every time.

The Senior Fall Prevention Series will inform and educate seniors and those who care for them about simple ways to reduce the risks and safeguard against tragedy. The educational sessions will feature Patient-centered, evidence-based best practices on topics including balance, exercise, nutrition, bone density, and environmental safeguards as they relate to the prevention of fall-related injuries in seniors.

As an added service to the people of the mid-Michigan region, everyone who attends the Senior Fall Prevention Series will receive a binder of resource information on Sparrow health care services to take home for future reference.

The series begins with a Lunch with a Doctor program: “Better Bone Health: The Right Moves, Meds, and Meals for Staying Strong” on Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, 219 South Harrison Road, East Lansing.

Lunch with a Doctor includes lunch and is $10 for LifeTime members, $15 for non-members, payable at the door (cash or check). 

The rest of the series are free one-hour seminars scheduled throughout August and September:

Hearing Loss and Fall Risks
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2 - 3 p.m.
Wimbledon room, Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club

Good Form Walking
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2 - 3 p.m.
Wimbledon room, Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club

Tai Chi and other Exercises for Balance
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2 - 3 p.m.
Wimbledon room, Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club

Nutrition and Bone Density
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2 - 3 p.m.
Spartan room, Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club

After the Fall: Recovery, Healing, and Staying Safe
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2 - 3 p.m.
Wimbledon room, Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club

You may also register by calling 1.800.Sparrow (1.800.772.7769). For questions, please contact Katie Hubbard at 517.364.8146 or