Perham, MN – While no one wants to fall, the fact is that one-third of all people over the age of 65 will fall each year. To help eliminate serious injuries from falls, Perham Health is hosting a training session specifically for seniors aged 65 plus to teach the proper way to fall and how to get back up.

“A lot of good work goes into preventing falls, but no one ever teaches people how to fall, much less how to get back up again,” said Dr. Dave Dahl, Perham Health physical therapist. “Using proper techniques during a fall can mean the difference between a few scrapes and a broken hip or head injury.”

The program is facilitated by Perham Health physical therapists and takes place Wednesday, May 23, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Town Center at Perham Living; 735 3rd Street SW. Soft mats will be provided for practicing skills. Participants should be physically able and willing to practice falling and getting back up in a safe environment. The number of attendees is limited.

Register at perhamhealth.org/events or call (218) 347-1591.

Perham Health is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital with three primary care clinics, a 96-bed nursing home, home care agency, adult day services, memory care assisted living, and senior housing. The medical staff consists of 23 physicians, 12 advance practice providers, and three chiropractors. Visit perhamhealth.org to learn more.