Breakthrough Series – Students and Seniors: Stronger Together (A Falls Risk Prevention Project)

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Five Points Center for Active Adults, 2000 Noble Road, Raleigh, NC

Click here to RSVP for the January 14, 2020 presentation. Feel free to share this information with anyone you think would be interested in our program. The Breakthrough Series is supported by Resources for Seniors and is open to all.

The Breakthrough Series (formerly known as Lunch and Learn) presented by The Center for Volunteer Caregiving will continue on January 14, 2020 with a presentation on a project that Meredith students have engaged in for the past two years to help older adults reduce the risk of falls at home.

Students & Seniors: Stronger Together – A Project to Prevent Falls

Lawrence will share information from a student-led intervention designed to lower the risk of falling for older adults living independently in the community. In partnership with The Center for Volunteer Caregiving, her team has served approximately 45-50 lower-income older adults over the past two years. They have assessed participants’ homes for fall hazards and taught core-strengthening exercises.

Paige will reflect on the benefits and challenges of intergenerational research and will share the tools they found to be effective including a home safety assessment and a mostly seated exercise routine demonstrated to increase balance.

Paige is a junior Psychology major and honors student at Meredith College. She has participated in a research study to prevent falls in local seniors since Fall 2018. She has personally been involved in serving over 25 older adults. Paige is considering Occupational Therapy with older adults as a future career.