Linda Colangelo - Northeast District Department of Health - Fall Prevention

Linda Colangelo, Education and Communications Coordinator for the Northeast District Department of Health (NDDH) was the guest speaker for the January 26, 2016 meeting of the Putnam Rotary Club. Colangelo provided members with an engaging presentation on fall prevention, which stressed the importance of regular exercise to maintain core abdominal strength, medication reviews, orthostatic blood pressure checks, and annual vision checks. Colangelo also gave tips for maintaining one’s balance on snow and ice and provided members with fall prevention materials, including handouts to assess personal fall risk and fall prevention safety in the home.
NDDH prevents illness, promotes wellness and protects the health of over 85,000 residents in 12 northeastern Connecticut towns. The presentation was funded by the Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention (CCFP). Colangelo, quoting CCFP Executive Director Dorothy Baker, reminded members of the need to “better interact with their physical environment in order to stay on our feet and that it is never too early and never too late to reduce the risk of falling.”