Falls remain the leading cause of injury and injury death for older Nebraskans. However, many falls are preventable. Falling is not an inevitable result of aging.
Fifteen Blue Rivers Area Agency on Aging (“Blue Rivers AAA”) Senior Centers have each been awarded a grant in the amount of $1,500 from the Immanuel Vision Foundation (“IVF”).
The 10th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) will be observed on Sept. 22, 2017—the first day of fall. In honor of this notable milestone, the theme of the event will be 10 Years Standing Together to Prevent Falls. This event raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.
A total solar eclipse is a rare event in the United States. Fortunately, on August 21st 2017, Nebraska is in path of the eclipse from our western Panhandle to our southeastern corner. Because of our landscape of rolling Sandhills, farms and ranches, and river valleys, there is almost nothing to interfere with your view of the eclipse here in Nebraska.
Each year, an estimated 5 million older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. In addition, elders throughout the United States lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that could have been used to pay for basic needs such as housing, food, and medical care. Unfortunately, no one is immune to abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It occurs in every demographic, and can happen to anyone—a family member, a neighbor, even you...
On May 10, 2017, Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed May as Older Americans Month in Nebraska. On hand to view the signing of the proclamation was State Unit on Aging Administrator Cynthia Brammeier and staff along with five directors of Area Agencies on Aging in Nebraska: Sandi Stephens from Midlands, Cheryl Brunz from Aging Office of Western Nebraska, Rod Horsely from South Central, Connie Cooper from Northeast, and Zoe Olson from Blue Rivers.