College Place, Wash.—On October 28, from 1 p.m.–4 p.m., SonBridge Community Center will present the Bone and Balance Resource Fair, the second offering of the new Health Resource Fair series. This resource fair will provide information and perspective on practical ways to prevent falls and maintain healthy bones. This will further SonBridge’s mission of improving the health and vitality of residents of the Valley. The event will take place at SonBridge Community Center, located at 1200 SE 12th St, College Place, WA 99364, and will feature talks from Dr. Pat Johnston, retired Professor of Nutrition of the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University, and Theresa Peasley, Wellness Center Director of Walla Walla YMCA.
The CDC estimates that 1 in 4 older adults fall in a given year. On average, 3 million visit the Emergency Room due to a fall, and around 800,000 are treated for consequent injuries. From 2007 to 2016, deaths attributable to falls rose by 30% and are estimated to constitute 7 deaths per hour by 2030. In addition to the great human cost, falls also exact an economic cost on the country. The CDC notes that adult falls are one of the top 20 most expensive medical conditions. It is estimated that falls cost the country approximately $50 billion in 2015 and, with an aging population, this figure is only expected to grow. The cost is largely covered by taxpayers as almost 75% of the costs are covered by Medicare and Medicaid. An important fact, however, is that falls are preventable. Screenings can help determine the risk of falling and guide the decision-making process in reducing the likelihood of a fall.
The host of this event, SonBridge Community Center, a Seventh-day Adventist non-profit organization, was founded in 2005 to serve anyone without regards to race, gender, or religious affiliation. SonBridge is devoted to providing help to the underserved of the Walla Walla Valley through dental care, medical care, life coaching and counseling, job training, education, and referrals to social services. Located in College Place, WA and staffed primarily by volunteers, SonBridge also runs the Thrift & Gift Store helping fund the facility's programs and operations. In 2017, SonBridge logged over 9,000 visits to the community center and dental clinic, valuing assistance given upwards of $56,000. For more information, visit www.sonbridge.org or contact Bryant Hamby at firstname.lastname@example.org.