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LBDA Volunteer Corner - September 2013

Do you know someone who is interested in volunteering with LBDA? Consider the following information about our upcoming volunteer training classes. Note: All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Volunteer training sessions are offered online and on a one-on-one basis upon request. For more information, contact Toy Scaife-Rooks at lendahand@lbda.org or by calling 404.935.6444 ext. 104.

LBDA Volunteer Orientation

Thursday, September 19, 2013, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT — Register today!

Healtheo360 Support Group

LBDA’s virtual Lewy body dementia support group on Healtheo360.com is now live! If you have already joined, please log in regularly. Group members post questions and post topics that may be of interest to you. You can share your experiences; share your stories, as well as post photos and video.

September Health Observances

September 8 National Grandparents Day
September 1-30 Healthy Aging Month
September 1-30 Alzheimer’s Month
September 1-30 National Preparedness Month


National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

The 6th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) is Sept. 22, 2013. Falling is a common problem in Lewy body dementia and can be due to a variety of symptoms, such as balance problems, muscle rigidity, visual spatial difficulties, dizziness or fainting and reduced attention. But falling isn’t just a risk for people with LBD. Each year, thousands of older Americans fall at home. Many of them are seriously injured, and some are disabled. In 2002, more than 12,800 people over age 65 died and 1.6 million were treated in emergency departments because of falls. Below are some helpful resources to help you identify fall risks and steps you can take to address them.

From the National Council on Aging:
Myths of Older Adult Falls 6 Steps to Protect Your Older Loved One

From the Centers for Disease Control:
What Can You Do to Prevent Falls? Check for Safety: A home fall prevention checklist for older adults