FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2014
Free Guidance for Seniors on Preventing Injury
Union County, NJ – A free public information event on injury prevention and other guidance for seniors and their caregivers will take place on Friday, May 23 at the Cranford campus of Union County College, 1033 Springfield Avenue. The event is sponsored by the Union County Department of Human Services in partnership with Union County College and the Psi Beta Honor Society.
Free blood pressure screenings will be available at the event, which also includes information on home care, care giver services, nutrition, legal services, and transportation services.
“By cutting down on your risk of injury, you can help ensure that your later years are healthy, active, and independent,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak. “I encourage seniors, their families, and caregivers to stop by the Cranford campus on May 23 to learn some reliable strategies for avoiding injury at home and outside.
Nationwide, millions of seniors are medically treated and tens of thousands die annually as a result of injuries, mostly due to falls.
The event is being held in recognition of May as Older Americans Month, a national designation that began in 1963. This year’s theme is “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow.”
In addition to providing information specific to injury prevention, personnel from the Division of Aging and Disability Resource Connection of the Union County’s Department of Human Services will be on hand to provide information on a wide range of resources for seniors, their families, and caregivers.
For more information about this event and other services and resources for senior adults age 60 and older and their families, call the Division on Aging and Disability Resource Center toll free at 888-280-8226 or visit ucnj.org/aging.