Northern VA Fall Prevention Coalition Conference

The Northern VA Fall Prevention Coalition (NVFPC) will hold its annual seminar, titled the ‘Summit’, at the conference facilities of Inova Loudoun Hospital, October 14, 2010.   Aligning with their mission to conduct community seminars, the coalition will conduct a series of informational sessions on: physical strength conditioning, medication reviews, home modifications; and, vision enhancement.  The keynote speakers will be Nancy Dezan, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Family Day Center; and, Judy Wiegert, Case Manager, from the Brain Injury Services.

Additionally, Steve Gurney of ProAging, will be including promotion of the ‘Summit’ event at the next September 23rd meeting.  As Steve says, “A friend of mine once said “falls rob people of their dreams.”  It might seem insignificant, but something small like going to Starbucks tomorrow for coffee can be lost due to a fall.  Falls can take families apart and change people’s purpose for the rest of their lives.  If they can be prevented or avoided we need to take every opportunity to raise awareness.  I am blown away by the passion and commitment of this initiative.  I commend the pioneering efforts of those involved in bringing this issue to the public’s attention.  It’s long overdue!”

“We have seen numerous lives turned upside down by a devastating fall.  Fall prevention education is not a glamorous cause and most often overlooked by the health care establishment.  I know for a fact that many people are interested in this message; and, I know for a fact that people have implemented lifestyle changes based on the information presented to them by the NVFPC.  The cost for education is minimal.  The cost of a fall is unacceptable.  And, we applaud Inova Loudoun for embracing this community effort.”, said Tony Schaffer, Founder of the NVFPC.

“Inova Loudoun Hospital is proud to host the Northern Virginia Fall Prevention Coalition’s Annual Summit.  In keeping with the coalition’s mission of “Falls are Preventable”, our team of physicians and balance therapy specialists are committed to significantly reducing the risk for falls and fall-related injuries in our community.  Inova Loudoun Hospital is excited about the opportunity to continue this partnership with the coalition as we move forward to ensure the safety and wellness of our community.”, says Anne Blackstone.

About the Northern VA Fall Prevention Coalition:
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has developed an educational program including exercise routines, home modifications, medications review; and, vision awareness.  In the counties of Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William local businesses including professional pharmacists, optometrists, caregivers, and other specialists serving the aging community, have formed the Northern Virginia Fall Prevention Coalition, (NVFPC).  Please visit our Web site at:

Press Contact:
Tony Schaffer
Founder & Chairman
Phone: 703-470-5747

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