Images from the Kentucky Safety and Prevention Alignment Network (KSPAN) web site at www.SafeKentucky.org.

Kentucky Safe Aging Coalition (KSAC)


Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 22, 2016

It is with pleasure I am able to share with you a proclamation by Matthew G. Bevin, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky proclaiming September 22, 2016 as Fall Prevention Awareness Day in Kentucky. To Download the proclamation please click
HERE for full size (503KB) or click HERE for reduced file size (194 KB).

Please share your fall prevention awareness day activities with us by sending them to KSPAN!  Click HERE to share your activities.

Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) among Kentucky residents age 65+.  Select the “Injury Data” tab to view falls data including:  

-In 2014 there were 8164 fall-related inpatient hospitalizations for Kentucky residents ages 65+.

- From 2005-2014, total hospital charges for fall-related inpatient hospitalizations involving Kentucky residents ages 65+ have tripled.

-View inpatient hospital discharge rates for unintentional falls (2010-2014) by patient residence for Kentucky residents ages 65+.

 

2016 Falls Summit 

We hope you enjoyed the 2016 Falls and Osteoporosis Summit and found the information beneficial in your Fall Prevention programs and activities.  Many thanks to everyone who made this event possible including all of our outstanding speakers (as listed below with links to their PowerPoint presentations), our generous sponsors (also listed in the following), and to Hospice of the Bluegrass for graciously allowing us to use their wonderful facilities:

Carolyn C. Shammas, MD, JD

Preventive Medicine Resident/MPH Candidate

University of Kentucky

College of Public Health

Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health

Fall Risk Assessments from a Provider’s Perspective

 David Bazler

President of the Safe Aging Coalition of Northern Kentucky

Certified Environmental Access Consultant.

President HandyPro of Northern Kentucky

Home Modification, Aging In Place: A Path Forward

https://kspan.egnyte.com/dl/oJmfu4QLmx 

https://kspan.egnyte.com/dl/IWn3Ft9v2O  (script)

   Jeanne Harris, Moderator

Kentucky Safe Aging Coalition

Community Fall Prevention Awareness Programs Discussion

https://kspan.egnyte.com/dl/2zMZpab9vQ 

Jennifer Roark

Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Kentucky Office of the Blind

Falls and Vision Impairment

https://kspan.egnyte.com/dl/ol2YGEnnFZ

 Amy Hosier, Ph.D.

Associate Extension Professor

University of Kentucky

College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

and

Amanda Rist, RN, BSN

Injury Prevention and Trauma Outreach Coordinator

University of Kentucky Trauma Program

UK HealthCare

UK Cooperative Extension and Trauma Programs Stand Up to Falling

https://kspan.egnyte.com/dl/aSVfeaHszZ

  

Thank you to our sponsors:

Kentucky Department for Public Health

Baptist Health Lexington

The Willows

 Frankfort Regional Medical Center

2016 Falls & Osteoporosis Summit Registration & Agenda


2016 Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 22

PLEASE VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE and KSAC Webpage FOR LOCAL COALITION UPDATES AND OTHER INFORMATION

  History

The Kentucky Safe Aging Coalition (KSAC) was formed in 2008 when the Injury Community Planning Group (ICPG) in Kentucky known as Kentucky Safety and Prevention Alignment Network (KSPAN) identified the falling of older adults as one of their injury priorities and agreed to coordinate the formation of a statewide fall prevention coalition, the Kentucky Safe Aging Coalition. While the main focus of the Coalition is fall prevention, their efforts expanded to include all forms of injury and violence prevention for older adults.

 

Goals and Vision

The mission of KSAC is to work with community partners to develop local safe aging coalitions that assist older Kentuckians in maximizing their independence and quality of life by reducing the risk and incidence of injury. To accomplish this goal, KSAC shares injury prevention information and strategies as well as identifies and develops fall prevention resources with the various state coalitions.

 

Funding

In 2011 Kentucky received funding from the CDC Core Violence and Injury Prevention Program (Core VIPP). Falls of older adults was identified and remains a priority focus area and this program continues to provide support and surveillance of fall related injuries in older adults for KSAC through KSPAN. (Fall surveillance information is available at: http://www.safekentucky.org/index.php/top-menu-injury-data)

 

Today

KSAC continues to work with local safe aging coalitions and combine efforts with fall prevention activists across Kentucky. Currently, KSAC meets regularly during quarterly meetings of KSPAN and holds conference calls and workgroup sessions as needed.

 UPDATES:

In December 2015, Teresa Nelson, MSN, RN was selected as the new Chair of the KSPAN Fall Prevention Subcommittee. Teresa is the Trauma Supervisor and EMS Liaison at Frankfort Regional Medical Center.  She also serves as the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Coordinator.   Teresa has extensive experience working in trauma at healthcare facilities in the Bluegrass and has also coordinated fall awareness programs in the Frankfort area. 

During the December 2015 KSPAN Subcommittee meeting, KSAC 2016 Objectives were established as:

-Decrease the rate of injury due to falls among older adults in Kentucky.

-Increase the number of local community fall prevention programs/coalitions and    expand the reach of these coalitions.

-Expand awareness of and access to fall prevention resources that are currently available to the coalitions, health care professionals and the lay community.

-Grow monthly number of visitors to the nofalls.org website and KSAC Facebook page

-Increase the proportion of older adults who engage in any leisure time physical activity

 Be a part of the Kentucky Safe Aging Coalition:

If you would like to be a part of a group dedicated to reducing falls and other injuries in elderly Kentuckians please join us! For more information contact Jeanne Harris, KSAC Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please also visit our website at www.nofalls.org .   This website provides resources for seniors and their family members as well as health professionals.

2015 Fall and Osteoporosis Summit  

It was great to see everyone at the 2015 Fall and Osteoporosis Summit! Thank you to all the outstanding speakers:

-Osteoporosis Update : Connie Gayle White, MD, MS, FACOG

-Bingocize®: Jason Crandall Ph.D., HFS

-Falls Talk Program :Samantha R. Kimbler, Paramedic; Barbara Gordon, MA

-Community Based Transitions:Terry Altpeter, PhD, JD, RN, CPHQ; Bill Cooper, MS

 -Alcohol and the Effect on Older Adults and Falls: Suzanne Piper-Baird, CSA

All the Summit presentations can be viewed: https://kspan.egnyte.com/fl/1bfTdiWPwC

And thank you to the Shelby County EMS for coordinating our meeting sight.

Also, a reminder Governor Beshear has proclaimed September 23, 2015 as Fall Prevention Awareness Day in Kentucky. This link https://kspan.egnyte.com/fl/cnvppyqTXf provides access to fall statistics by county in Kentucky, public service announcements by Governor Beshear, other information that can be utilized in your local fall prevention activities as well as the 2015 Falls Prevention Awareness Day Proclamation by Governor Beshear.  Please feel free to share your activities with the Kentucky Safe Aging Coalition; we would enjoy hearing about your events!

Best wishes,

Jeanne

2015 Falls and Osteoporosis Summit 

The 2015 Fall Prevention and Osteoporosis Summit will be held on September 10, 2015 from 9:00 am to 3:45 pm. The Kentucky Safe Aging Coalition, Kentucky Department for Public Health, KY Department for Aging and Independent Living, and the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center are hosting this event.

The Summit will be held at the Stratton Community Center in Shelbyville, Kentucky. See agenda for directions.

During the summit we will be sharing prevention information on falls of older adults and osteoporosis. The summit will focus on sharing information, resources, strategies and information on evidence based programs. 

Please click HERE to download the agenda.

Please click HERE to register.  Registration is open until Friday, September 4 at 5PM.   (Not necessary to re-register if you have already registered via the prior Doodle poll).

There are no registration fees but you must register to attend this event as a complimentary lunch will be provided. If you would like to select your sandwich preference please click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you have any questions please contact:
Jeanne Harris, KSAC Coordinator
Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center
333 Waller Avenue
Lexington KY 40504-2915
859-323-4747 (office)
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.SafeKentucky.org    www.kiprc.uky.edu   www.nofalls.org
 
Do you know how many older adults in your county fell and were hospitalized? For 2014 data on fall related hospitalizations specific to your Kentucky county, Click HERE or go to http://www.safekentucky.org/index.php/top-menu-injury-data


 Greetings from our New Kentucky Safe Aging Coordinator 

Greetings,

My name is Jeanne Harris and I am thrilled to be your new Kentucky Safe Aging Coalition (KSAC) Coordinator….we’ve got a lot of work to do in our Commonwealth and I know we can get things accomplished by working together.
I would like to share a little bit about me.  My background is a blend of healthcare and business.  Prior to working with KSAC, I was the Program Coordinator for an AIDS Education Telehealth Training Center at UK Health Care.  I have also worked as an oncology research nurse and in medical sales and hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an MBA.
I plan on using my past experiences to facilitate the building of Fall Prevention Coalitions in Kentucky and to serve as a resource to all of you who are a part of these Coalitions.  I will be reaching out to you soon; please feel free to contact me via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 859-323-4747. I hope to see you at the Falls Summit in September!

Sincerely,
Jeanne 


NO FALLS KENTUCKY website at www.nofalls.org/

Please also visit our No Falls Kentucky website that provides resources for seniors and their family members to help create safe living environments. There is also a section to provide resources for health professionals to help the elderly and their family members to be safe and independent.

You may download the meeting minutes from our past meeting below. 

Minutes from September 26, 2014 meeting click HERE


2014 Falls Prevention Summit Presentations, June 24, 2014  

Nutrition, Osteoporosis, & Fall Prevention Presentation, Merritt Bates-Thomas, R.D.,L.D. Nutrition Services Supervisor, Green River District Health Department and Lauren Foreman, Dietetic Student & Intern, University of Alabama

BINGOCIZE Presentation Dr. Jason Crandall, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
Western Kentucky University Dept. of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport

Preventing Falls=Age Friendly Community Presentation Dana Burr Bradley, PhD, Center for Gerontology, Western Kentucky University

L.I.F.E. Life Improving Functional Exercise  Elisha Delawson, MSPH, Health Educator, Barren River District Health Department 

Standing together to Prevent Falls Presentation Mary Raley, BSN, RN, CEN, TNS ST. Mary's Medical Center, Evansville, Indiana

Stand Strong for Life Presentation  Charlotte O'Neal, MSN, RN, CEN
Frankfort Regional Medical Center

Diabetes and Falls Prevention Megan Givan, RD, LD, CDE Diabetes Ed Coord. Barren River District Health Department

The following maps are available for download: 

Inpatient hospital discharge rate for unintentional falls (2008-2012)
By patient residence - Kentucky residents ages 65+ posted 6/20/2014

ED visits to Kentucky hospitals for unintentional falls (2008-2012)
By patient residence - Kentucky residents ages 65+ posted 6/20/2014

Number of inpatient hospital discharges for unintentional fall (2008-2012) by zip code
By patient residence - KIPDA ADD residents ages 65+ posted 6/20/2014


2014 Safe States Conference Presentation on Fall Prevention

Implementation of an Effective Falls Prevention Program through Collaboration of Two Competing Trauma Systems  Vicky Cassabaum RN ST. Anthony Hospital Lakewood, Colorado and Tracey Holmberg RN Swedish Medical Center Englewood, Colorado


To learn more about the Kentucky Safe Aging Coalition contact:

Steve Sparrow

Kentucky Safe Aging Coalition Coordinator

Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center

College of Public Health

University of Kentucky

333 Waller Ave., Suite 242

Lexington, Kentucky 40504

Call (859)257-9484

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Please visit our tab at the top of the page marked INJURY DATA for additional information on falls across Kentucky.

The following maps were recently developed and are available for download: 

Inpatient hospital discharge rate for unintentional falls (2008-2012)
By patient residence - Kentucky residents ages 65+ posted 6/20/2014

ED visits to Kentucky hospitals for unintentional falls (2008-2012)
By patient residence - Kentucky residents ages 65+ posted 6/20/2014

Number of inpatient hospital discharges for unintentional fall (2008-2012) by zip code
By patient residence - KIPDA ADD residents ages 65+ posted 6/20/2014

Current KSAC Objectives:

  • Decrease the rate of injury due to falls among older adults
  • Increase the number of payers requiring at least one element of a fall risk assessment for older adults age 65 and older in Kentucky
  • Increase the number of local community fall prevention programs led by community partners
  • Increase the monthly number of visitors to the Kentucky “No Falls” website
  • Increase the proportion of older adults who engage in any leisure time physical activity
  • Utilize social media to spread awareness

 Falls Are Not A Normal Symptom of Aging

 Falls are not normal and should not occur at any age.  Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists are trained professionals that can help decrease your fall risk and improve your balance through exercise and balance retraining.  Therapists are also able to provide a home safety assessment and advise on modifications to make your home environment safer.  If you are having balance problems, difficulty with walking and/or falls, contact your doctor and ask to be seen by a Physical Therapist or an Occupational Therapist that specialize in balance retraining and/or neurological disorder treatments.

 Melissa Wilson, PT, MSCS:  Baptist Health at Brannon Crossing, 610 East Brannon Road Suite 200, Nicholasville, KY 40536, 859-260-5555

Dana Lykins, PT,DPT, MSCS: Baptist Health at Hamburg, 1775 Alysheba Way Suite 10, Lexington, KY 40509, 859-260-4540