About one third of the senior population over the age of 65 falls each year, but since many incidents go unreported by seniors and unrecognized by family members or caregivers – this estimate is most likely quite low. Approximately 9,500 deaths of older Americans are associated with falls each year. Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older, and the risk of falls increases proportionately with age. At 80 years, over half of seniors fall annually.
In November 2017 The Los Medanos Community Healthcare District selected Dr. Marcus Lorenzo Penn to structure a direct service program (LMCHD Falls Prevention Program) targeting the senior population of Pittsburg and Bay Point. LMCHD's Falls Prevention Program holds four to five forums monthly. Since 2017 the program began with eight participants, the program is now averaging 25 participants per session - during the forum participants engaged in low-impact Yoga, full-body strengthening exercises and therapeutic breathing techniques. Together, Dr. Penn and the Los Medanos Community Healthcare District have determined that these approaches combined will build core, arm, and limb strength to reduce falls in the senior population. The District will continue to target this age group, we realize what an important contribution we can make toward improving the health and well-being of Pittsburg's and Bay Point's senior population by offering accessible health forums for seniors! The forum is held every Monday at 12:30pm until 1:30pm and they are open to the public within Pittsburg and Bay Point communities. The Good Health to Seniors Health Forum takes place four to five times a month at the Pittsburg Senior Center (300 Persidio Lane, 94565, Pittsburg, CA) the forum is limited to 20 particpants per session and has had full capacity for the majority of each session. LMCHD is currently vetting additional senior communities to serve.
"Rather than a new drug or quick fix LMCHD belieives it is the small, daily, purposeful things we do with integrity that often bring about the most meaningful and healthy changes, Namaste" -LMCHD
Below you'll find a LMCHD Falls Prevention Program schedule.LMCHDs 2019 Senior Forum Schedule