Fire district, active adult center employees to attend conference about elderly falls prevention

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Superstition Fire and Medical District and the Apache Junction Active Adult Center have been selected as winners of the 2015 NFPA Remembering When Scholarship.

Tina Gerola, fire and life safety specialist at SFMD, and Terry Crawford, director of the Apache Junction Active Adult Center, will attend a training conference on fire and fall prevention sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association.

The conference, Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, is being held Nov. 4-6. NFPA has selected teams from 30 communities across the United States and Canada to travel to Orlando, Florida for the training.

All teams are composed of at least one member of a fire department partnered with an individual from an agency within the community that serves older adults. Each award covers training, materials and travel expenses, and is valued at more than $4,000.

Following the conference, the team will return to their community and conduct group presentations and training sessions to prepare additional facilitators. Team members will also personalize the Remembering When messages during home visits and help older adults identify changes that will increase home safety.

“We are both very proud of the experience and uniqueness we each possess, and are excited for the Remembering When conference to provide us the tools that will help us combine efforts into one explosive community outreach program,” Ms. Gerola said when asked about the award. “We feel this will not only teach us how to come together, but will also provide us the framework to seek other partners and stakeholders that share the same vision, mission and goals focusing on the older adult.”

“These communities are fortunate to have dedicated professionals interested in doing all they can to help older adults live safely in their homes as long as possible. Each team will return home with the ability to facilitate engaging fire and fall prevention presentations and personalized home visits for older adults,” said Karen Berard-Reed, NFPA senior project manager. “The data is loud and clear that fires and falls are serious problems for our older community members. The Remembering When program provides teams with the tools to reduce these risks.”

The Remembering When program has been implemented in communities throughout North America since 1999, to help thousands of older adults learn strategies to help them live safely at home for as long as possible.

The program is available online at no cost. For more information about Remembering When, visit its website.

If you would like to know more about Superstition Fire Nd Medical District’s programs, visit our website or call our office at 480-982-1299.

Editor’s note: Dave Montgomery is the assistant fire chief and public information officer for Superstition Fire and Medical District.

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