Falls Awareness Prevention Week Kick-Off in Sundance Square
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Steppin’ Grannies Dance to Promote Fall Prevention Awareness
BY MARTY SABOTA
A group of hip-hop line dancers called the Steppin’ Grannies strutted their stuff in Sundance Square Plaza on Tuesday to bring awareness to falling, a serious problem among the elderly.
“Everybody has at least one family member who has had at least one fall or [is] suffering the consequences of a direct fall,” said Nicoleta Bugnariu, a physical therapy faculty member at the University of North Texas Health Science Center who heads Fort Worth’s Falls Prevention Task Force.
Amanda Robbins, chairwoman of the Fort Worth Safe Communities Coalition, said city and county groups have numerous programs that address fall prevention, including universities, emergency response agencies, hospitals and senior centers.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest on Soccer Field…
(Centered around a young survivor) Dr. Jennifer Romano, a pediatric cardiac surgeon at C.S. Mott, said Emily is alive today because of the first responders. Emily had people at the soccer field that made very quick and smart decisions. Doctors diagnosed her with ALCAPA. Emily and her family never knew she had it. “I’ve been active my entire life,” Emily said. “I’ve done soccer, cheer and track. Emily said she hopes sharing her story will increase awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in young people and inspire officials at schools and organized sports leagues to be prepared. “Every school should have an AED and people who are CPR certified,” she said. “Without these things at my school I wouldn’t be here today to tell my story.”
Project ADAM prepares your schools for Sudden Cardiac Emergencies.
Emily’s video: Sudden Cardiac Arrest on the soccer field – https://youtu.be/sNTic5JJpcg
We are pleased to announce that Amanda Robbins, A.P.R.N., M.S., GCNS-BC, has been named director of the Fort Worth Emergency Services Collaborative at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
Amanda brings more than 13 years of clinical experience to this role. Most recently, she served as Texas Health Fort Worth’s Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program coordinator – a role she has held for two years.
In her new role, Amanda will participate as a memberof the Emergency Services leadership team to support internal stakeholders at the hospital and within the community as a whole. She will promote clinical excellence, interprofessional communication, education, and original research by way of joint collaboration among pre-hospital and hospital emergency services through the Fort Worth Emergency Services Collaborative, Emergency Services Operations Board, and by servicing as co-chair of the Fort Worth Safe Communities Coalition.
Amanda holds a Master of Science in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Please join us in CONGRATULATING Amanda and WELCOMING her in this new role!
The Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities conducts an annual survey on an aspect of living in Texas with a disability. This year the Committee is interested in examining the impact of the aging population across our ten issue areas, which are: access, communication, education, emergency management, health, housing, recreation, transportation, veterans and workforce.
Today, people are living longer and the U.S. population in general is increasingly older. Beginning in 2005, Texas has experienced the largest annual population growth of any state. Seniors, those over 65 years of age, are projected to more than triple in size from 2010 to 2050, approaching 7.9 million. The age category including those 45 to 64 years of age is projected to be the second fastest growing age group, growing 55% by 2050 to a population of over 9.3 million. Much of the population growth in Texas is projected to come from the large urban counties of Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar, and Travis, but the fastest growth is projected to occur in the suburban rings surrounding these counties. (data from Texas State Demographer reports)
About the Survey (s): This year the survey will be divided into two parts. Part 1 will be available during the month of July. Part 2 will be available for the month of August.
• To take Part 1 of the Aging Related Disabilities Survey,HERE (July 1 to July 31)
Alternative formats are available in large print, Spanish or can be voiced out by phone with assistance of staff. For any alternative format, email Stephanie.Myers@gov.texas.gov or call at 512-463-5739.
Si a usted le gustaría aprovechar esta encuesta en español por favor envíe un correo electrónico a Stephanie Myers @ Stephanie.Myers@gov.texas.gov
**Local Mayor’s Committee’s on People with Disabilities, Centers for Independent Living, and Area Agencies on Aging are encouraged to share the survey email and link with their local communities.