Knox County Tennessee

August 15 seminar to focus on preventing falls among seniors

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Hosted by the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) and the Knoxville-Knox County Senior Safety Task Force, the sixth-annual senior falls prevention seminar, Preventing Falls: A Balancing Act, takes place Friday, August 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the John T. O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona Street. The seminar is free and open to the public, but registration is required by calling 865-541-4500 by August 11.

The seminar is designed for seniors and their families as well as health care professionals. Session topics include the caregiver’s role in preventing falls, medication awareness and the importance of proper exercise. Continuing education units (CEUs) for nurses and LPNs are available. The seminar includes an exercise break and lunch. Vendors will offer a variety of information and health screenings. Sponsors include Covenant Senior Health, Walgreens, The University of Tennessee Medical Center and Knoxville-Knox County CAC Office on Aging.

According to 2011 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the third leading cause of accidental deaths in Tennessee with 85 percent of those occurring among adults 65 and older. In the U.S., 1 out of 3 adults 65 or older falls each year. Of these, 20 to 30 percent will suffer serious injury, such as fractures in the extremities, head lacerations, head traumas or fractures of the spine.

KCHD convened the Senior Safety Task Force in 2008 to address concerns about falls in the older population. More information is available by contacting Rachel Frazier at KCHD at 865-215-5175 or rachel.frazier@knoxcounty.org.

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Knox County Tennessee - Health Department

Main Clinic
140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-215-5000

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Please Note:

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.
On the third Wednesday of every month, KCHD clinics (Women's Health, COE, CDC, Dental, TIC, Immunizations, COVID clinic and West) are closed in the morning for staff clinical education. On these days, the main location will open at 10 a.m. and the West Clinic will open at 10:30 a.m.
*All other offices will open at 8 a.m.

Infant and childhood immunizations as well as adult vaccines by appointment ONLY. Please call 865-215-5950.

1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-215-5950

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

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