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"Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale." --Lauren DeStefano

Most of us have mixed feelings about fall, even if it may be their favorite time of year, knowing that winter is just around the corner. There are so many fun things to do in our community. Check out Fall on Cape Cod for some suggestions. Also, make sure to take advantage of all the wonderful pumpkin flavored products. My favorite is pumpkin ice cream!

However, the colder weather arriving also brings snow and ice, unfortunately!
This is a good time to discuss with your spouse, parents, siblings, or any loved ones the importance of FALL SAFETY and preventing falls. Did you know that one in four older Americans falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people over 65! We all have to work on fall prevention and help reduce the risk of falling to remain healthy and independent as long as possible. Most falls can be prevented. Some common factors that can lead to a fall:

1. Balance and gait: As we age, most of us lose some coordination, flexibility and balance --primarily through inactivity which makes it easier to fall.
2. Vision: In the aging eye, less light reaches the retina - making obstacles and tripping hazards harder to see.
3. Medications: Some prescriptions and over the counter medications can cause dizziness, dehydration or certain interactions with each other that can lead to a fall.
4. Environment: Most seniors have lived in their homes for a long time and have not thought  about modifications that may keep it safer.
5. Chronic conditions: The fall risk often increases as a result of loss of function, inactivity, pain or multiple medications.

Healthy Living Cape Cod offers workshops to improve balance, strength and group discussions on solutions to reduce the risk of falling and exercise to increase strength, flexibility and stamina. Visit Healthy Living Cape Cod for dates of a class near you.
They also offer  Home Safety Evaluations to assess common fall risk factors in the home environment. Studies have shown that between 35% and 45% of falls are caused by home hazards such as poor lighting, lack of grab bars, inadequate banisters, electrical cord exposure, floor clutter and throw rugs. Home Safety Evaluations provide the opportunity to identify these environmental hazards and offer solutions to reduce the likelihood and rate of falls among high risk individuals. Any adult who is at risk of falling is eligible for an evaluation. Ask your provider to refer you to the program and a Community Health Worker will contact you to schedule a visit. 


Disaster Preparedness:
Due to the recent dangerous weather conditions, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension has a Homeowners Handbook to prepare for coastal hazards. This offers many suggestions you can easily do around your home.



RSVP:


We are Collecting Box Tops for Education! You can Find Box Tops on hundreds of products. Clip Box Tops from the package and send or drop off at the RSVP office at Elder Services in South Dennis.  Each Box Top is worth 10 cents and helps local schools purchase much needed supplies and equipment.  Box Tops will be distributed to schools on Cape Cod who partner with our 3R's program. Contact Ann Gallagher at 508-394-4630 for more information.    




Volunteers Needed



Meals on Wheels:

As always we are in need of drivers all across the Cape and the Islands. Please spread the word with your family, friends, club members, church group, etc. For more information, please call Nancy Wolf, 508-394-4630, ext. 430 or email: nancy.wolf@escci.org

RSVP:
Are you 55 or older and want to make a difference in your community?
Join RSVP of Cape Cod and the Islands and lead with experience. Use your unique talents and skills or learn new skills by volunteering in the community. Whether you want to volunteer in a local school, assist friends and neighbors, or help protect the environment, we have opportunities with over 80 different organizations. RSVP Volunteers receive supplemental insurance, limited travel reimbursement, an invitation to an annual volunteer recognition luncheon, assistance finding the right volunteer opportunity and ongoing support from RSVP Staff. For more information or to register contact Linda Merrill-Contonio at 508-394-4630, ext. 522.




               
 




                "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."

                         L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables



                                                       
  
Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, 68 Route 134, South Dennis, Ma. 02638