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Series of fall prevention workshops being held for senior citizens
Posted 08/18/2016 01:34PM

Misericordia University is holding a series of nine free fall prevention workshops beginning in September as part of a National Fall Prevention project. The second annual program begins Thursday, Sept. 22 and runs from 9-11 a.m. at John J. Passan Hall, home of the College of Health Sciences and Education at 100 Lake St., Dallas.

Misericordia University faculty members Lori Charney, O.T.D., O.T.R./L., assistant professor of occupational therapy, and Nicole Evanosky, P.T., D.P.T., assistant professor of physical therapy, and students from both departments are collaborating on the program.

Eligible participants will learn to identify ways to prevent falls in the home and within the community. They will also be instructed in and complete an individualized exercise program to build strength, balance and confidence. Attendees will also have an opportunity to participate in vision, balance and blood pressure screenings throughout the nine sessions of the program.

The program is open to people 65 years or older who are living independently within the community. Sessions will be held Sept. 22, Sep. 29, Oct. 6, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17 and Dec.1. In case of inclement weather, Dec. 8 will be used as a make-up date, if needed.

"Last year we provided approximately $36,000 worth of free care to seniors from the community, while educating students in their chosen profession," said Leamor Kahanov, Ed.D., L.A.T., A.T.C., dean of the College of Health Sciences.

"So many people in our community limit their activities because they feel unsteady on their feet and are afraid of falling," Dr. Charney added. "With the right physical therapy and occupational therapy instruction, they can gain independence and freedom, and lessen the chance of falling and being injured. We are happy to help members of the community while giving our students the chance to put to good use the skills they have learned in the classroom."

For more information or to register, please contact Dr. Charney, or (570) 674-3330 by Sept. 7. For additional information, log on to the clinics and centers menu at

For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County's first four-year college and offers 42 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report's 2016 edition of Best Colleges, and was designated a 2016 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.

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