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At the third annual senior carnival in Warren County, Virginia, older adults participated in classic carnival games, made new friends, and listened to their favorite music. They also learned how to reduce their risk of falls in the home by improving lighting, being aware of uneven surfaces, exercising, and using non-slip bathtub mats.
The carnival was hosted by the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, in conjunction with Warren County Fire and Rescue. Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging Nutrition Specialist Mary Ann Gardner and Warren County Fire and Rescue Volunteer Public Fire Educator Dee Schools teamed up last year to participate in NFPA’s Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults training conference held in Boston.
Teams from the fire service and representatives of agencies that serve older adults learn effective ways to conduct presentations for older adults to help them reduce their risk of fires and falls.
The carnival was a fitting venue for Gardner and Schools to introduce Remembering When. Recently updated, the program can be downloaded at no cost from the NFPA web site.
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