City of Concord California

News Release

August 25, 2016

Preventing falls is topic of two workshops at Senior Center

The Concord Senior Center is sponsoring two workshops in September during Fall Prevention Awareness Month. Both workshops will be held at the center, 2727 Parkside Circle.

The first workshop is set for Thursday, Sept. 15 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and is entitled "Falling Down is Often Life Changing - Learn How to Maintain Your Independence." Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma. Falls can take a serious toll on older adults’ quality of life and independence. The workshop is presented by Alayne Balke, Fall Prevention Program Manager of Fall Prevention of Contra Costa.

Physical Therapist Linda Meneken presents "A Walking Safely Workshop" on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Meneken will lead an interactive presentation, increasing awareness and knowledge on fall prevention principles through group participatory discussion. More than one-third of adults fall every year, suffering severe, life-threatening injuries. Every 18 seconds, a senior visits the emergency room for a fall. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for seniors.

Seating is limited; the workshop fee is $3. Register at or for more information contact Program Coordinator Dario Sanchez at (925) 671-3017.

City of Concord CA