RANSON – Starting next week, senior citizens can come out for free talks on preventing falls, finding healthy ways to age and cooking heart-healthy on a budget.

First up is a talk on fall prevention from occupational therapist Rachel Hunger. It begins at 11 a.m. Jan. 16 at the Anna Mae Reedy Senior Center at 103 W. Fifh Ave, in Ranson.

The American Occupational Therapy Association reports that nearly 2 million older adults end up in an emergency room due to a fall every year – with some 15,000 of those dying from their injuries.

Two other health and wellness educational programs aimed at older adults follow – “Healthy Aging” from Dr. Constance Beckom on Jan. 23 and “Heart Healthy Cooking on a Budget” from registered dietician Carolyn Sable on Feb. 20.

The presentations are open to the public at no charge. They’re being put on by WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center and the Jefferson County Council on Aging.

The goal of both organizations is to enhance the quality of life of older adults. Health professionals from Jefferson Medical Center will assist JCCOA in its mission to help older adults stay independent as long as possible through social, health and wellness, education, nutrition, recreation and other supporting programs.

For details on the presentations or the Senior Center, contact the JCCOA’s Gloria Hodges (304-724-7111 or jccoarecaide@frontier.com). For information about speakers, contact WVU Medicine’s Dana M. DeJarnett (304-264-1287, ext. 31814 or ddejarnett@wvumedicine.org).

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