Osteoporosis and Fall Prevention Festival returns
This year’s event will be held in-person for the first time and provide awareness and education.
SATA CommHealth, in collaboration with Kampong Chai Chee AAC/SCEC, is holding the second edition of the Osteoporosis and Fall Prevention Festival 2022 on November 18 to 20, 2022 at Heartbeat @ Bedok. Held in-person for the first time, the festival aims to improve the lives of seniors and caregivers through proper awareness and education.
According to the National Library of Medicine, Singapore has one of the highest reported hip fractures in Asia, with one in three women above 50 years old suffering from osteoporosis. The projected annual number is also expected to hit 5,000 cases by 2050. In addition, the International Osteoporosis Foundation reported that in Singapore, approximately 8,000 seniors aged 65 and above were admitted to restructured hospitals from 2013 to 2016 due to falls. Thirty-three percent of these cases became fully dependent or were admitted into nursing homes, while forty percent of injury-related deaths in Singapore have also been linked to falls.
With greater awareness, reduced risk factors and clinical interventions, falls among seniors can be significantly reduced. As part of the festival, visitors can expect to learn more about topics such as preventing falls at home, nutrition and diet to complement movement, and the use of technologies such as ankle foot orthosis and electrical stimulation for walking, to decreasing the chances of a fall.
Edmund Khoo, chairman of the Osteoporosis and Fall Prevention Festival committee, said, “With Singapore progressively becoming an ageing population, SATA CommHealth wants to offer Singaporeans the opportunity to learn more about Osteoporosis and fall prevention through the varied platforms such as clinical intervention, assessments, exercises, and the use of technology. We hope this festival can shed some light on how one can help themselves or their loved ones take preventive measures to avoid fatal falls.”
For more information and to sign-up for the festival programmes, visit https://bit.ly/3DQ2482.