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Lee Health Trauma Services, Injury Prevention Team Members and Step Smart Announce Upcoming Health Fairs for Falls Prevention Awareness Week Sept. 17-23

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(Fort Myers, Fla. – Sept. 6, 2023) --- Falls Prevention Awareness Week in September runs annually from Sept. 17-23 and Lee Health Trauma Services and Step Smart invite the public to attend free Falls Prevention Awareness health fairs in Charlotte, Collier and Lee Counties.

Health fairs will be offered in all three counties with classes on fall prevention and free screenings for balance, vision and hearing:

  • The health fair on Sept. 18 in Collier County will be from noon to 3 p.m. at the Baker Senior Center in Naples, 6200 Autumn Oaks Ln. To RSVP, please call 239-325-4444 or 239-351-5550.
  • The health fair on Sept. 19 in Charlotte County will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harold Avenue Regional Park Rec Center in Port Charlotte, 23400 Harold Ave. To RSVP, please call 941-624-7200 x 7326 or 239-351-5550.
  • The health fair on Sept. 22 will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Collaboratory, 2031 Jackson St. in Fort Myers. To RSVP, please call 239-351-5550. 

Classes aim to ensure that seniors and caregivers in the tri-county area can access methods and techniques to reduce the risk of falls and improve safety in their everyday lives.

Vision, hearing and balance screenings will be offered so attendees can receive accurate information about their health and any potential risks to help prevent falls.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every second of every day, an older adult (age 65+) suffers a fall in the United States, making falls the leading cause of injury and injury death in this age group. One out of four older adults will fall each year in the U.S., making falls a public health concern, particularly among the aging population.

These health fairs are designed to empower the 65 and older population with education and awareness to help combat these numbers.

These are free events and registration is required. Please join us on Sept. 18, 19 and 22. To learn more, visit www.stepsmart.org.

Step Smart is a non-profit organization committed to empowering older adults in Southwest Florida to age well and reduce falls through education seminars and health fairs focused on fall prevention.

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