Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) is committed to empowering all older adults in the community to age well and stay falls free. The agency is partnering with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs to mark Falls Prevention Awareness Week, September 21-25, 2020.
Each year, one in four Americans over the age of 65 have a fall. More than 2.8 million older adults are treated in emergency departments annually because of a fall, resulting in over 800,000 hospitalizations according to the NCOA.
Falls are common, but not a normal sign of aging. In an effort to raise awareness on fall prevention, OCES will participate in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs Home Care Team second annual 2.5 Million Steps to Prevent Falls.
Join OCES and the statewide team and count your steps. The statewide goal is to collectively achieve a total of 2.5 million steps in the name of falls prevention. If you would like to participate, simply take a walk in the name of falls prevention anytime throughout the month of September. You can use your own step counter or count each mile as 2,500 steps. Family and pets are welcome to join in and remember to wear yellow in the month of September! Share your results, comments and/or photos on social media using #MASteps2PreventFalls.
Founded in 1974, OCES proudly serves greater Plymouth County and surrounding communities. OCES is a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Brockton with a second office in Plymouth. OCES is designated as one of 25 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES’ mission is to support the independence and dignity of older adults and individuals with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living. The agency offers a number of programs to serve older adults, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information call 508-584-1561 or visit www.ocesma.org.