Falls are the leading cause of injury and hospitalization for trauma — as well as trauma-related death — among older adults. If you are 65 or older, have had a fall in the past year, or live alone, this workshop provides information on keeping balance, the causes of falls, and dangers to look out for.
Topics covered include:
- Simple and fun balance and strength training
- The role that vision plays in keeping your balance
- How medications can contribute to falls
- What to look for in safe footwear
- How to eliminate fall hazards in your home
We meet for 2 hours every week in small groups for 7 weeks.
For more information, please contact Health Connections at (785) 354-5225, or Stormont Vail Health’s Injury Prevention Coordinator at (785) 354-5428.
ThinkFirst Topeka is a chapter of ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation. The program is aimed to help children, teens, and young adults reduce their risk for injury. The organization works with schools to provide free education on injury prevention.
During sessions, a registered nurse will teach participants how most injuries occur and use models to demonstrate what happens to the brain and spinal cord if they are injured.
A powerful part of this education is our VIP (Voice for Injury Prevention): A firsthand story from a trauma survivor about what led to their injury and what their life is like as a result.
For any questions or to schedule a presentation, please contact the ThinkFirst Topeka Chapter Director at (785) 354 5428.
Safe Kids Shawnee County
This program is aimed at preventing unintentional injuries in children from 0 to 19 years of age. The topics include car seat checkups, bicycle safety, poison prevention, and drowning prevention.
For more information, please contact Stormont Vail Health’s Injury Prevention Coordinator at (785) 354 5428.
Car Seat Check Stations
Parents or caregivers can: provide the age and weight for each child under 8 years old; bring the child to the appointment; provide the vehicle owner’s manual; provide the car seat instruction manual; provide the child restraint instructions; allow at least 20-30 minutes for each seat to be checked.
This program helps older drivers improve their safety by helping them optimize their physical position in a vehicle — for example, within a safety belt.
Check CarFit Checkup Events or contact (785) 354-5054 for more information.
Stop the Bleed
In an emergency situation, knowing how to control bleeding can save your life or the life of a loved one.
This class meets for 90 minutes to 2 hours and teaches you how to use a tourniquet as well as how to apply pressure until emergency medical professionals get to you.
For more information or to arrange a Stop the Bleed class for an outside organization, please contact Stormont Vail Health’s Injury Prevention Coordinator at (785) 354-5428.