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Health District Offering Fall-Risk Assessments for Seniors

Health District Offering Fall-Risk Assessments for Seniors

The Southern Nevada Health District is partnering with several organizations to help seniors assess their risk of falling.

The events are part of Fall Prevention Awareness Week.

Health district staff and partners will use guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess how likely people are to fall.

Those who are found to be at risk for falling will be given information on how to prevent a fall and will be encouraged to attend a seven-week course on preventing falls.

According to the Center for Health Data and Research, in Nevada in 2004, there were 132 deaths from falls, most happened in Clark County.

The report also showed that between 2003 and 2005, more than 10,000 people were admitted to Nevada hospitals as a result of a fall.

Falls are the leading cause of injury for people 65 years and older.

Here is the list of days, times and locations for free fall assessment:

Senior Athletes Sought for Henderson Games

Senior Athletes Sought for Henderson Games


The city of Henderson is seeking athletes to take part in the 2013 Henderson Senior Games, an annual program that celebrates the spirit of friendly competition with a blend of sporting and social events for athletes ages 50 and over.

Athletes of all skill levels are invited to participate.

Registration opens Feb. 1 and runs through March 15, and costs $15 per person (with the exception of volleyball), which includes a commemorative T-shirt. There is a nominal cost per event, with most events costing $3-$5.

Registration packets are available online at http://www.cityofhenderson.com/parks/special_events/henderson_senior_games.php and at the city’s recreation centers. Although registration will not be accepted after the deadline, walk-ons may be accepted for some events pending space availability.

Time to Register for Classes, Programs in 2012

Time to Register for Classes, Programs in 2012


Registration for most winter/spring 2012 classes, events and programs offered by the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department begins at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Patrons may choose from four registration methods: online at cityofhenderson.com/parks; by mail; at the self-serve kiosks located at City Hall, Black Mountain Recreation Center, and Henderson Multigenerational Center; or in person at any recreation center. Many programs fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended.

Humana Food Drive Brings in 400 Pounds for Seniors

Humana Food Drive Brings in 400 Pounds for Seniors


A food drive organized by Humana Guidance Centers netted 400 pounds of food for seniors near the Thanksgiving holiday.

The centers in Henderson and Summerlin collected the of food to benefit Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides assistive services to senior citizens in Southern Nevada. 

The food items were collected inside the Valley’s two Guidance Centers: 1000 N. Green Valley Parkway in Henderson and 8975 W. Charleston Blvd. in Las Vegas. Helping Hands of Vegas Valley picked up the food on Nov. 22 and distributed it to seniors across the Valley for the Thanksgiving holiday.