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Healthy Aging and Fall Prevention Summit


September is National Fall Prevention and Healthy Aging Awareness Month. Please join us for an all-day summit to learn valuable information about how to prevent falls and reduce the risk of injury. Over the course of four general sessions, our expert panel of speakers will include a kinesiologist, a senior fitness expert, a technologist, and an occupational therapist who will share with you their holistic and innovative perspective on preventing falls and reducing the risk of injury.

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View the details of each installment below.

Training the Brain for Better Balance

Friday, September 30th, 9:00am PST

Walking is a fundamental skill that humans learn within the first year of life. However, this seemingly basic task is actually incredibly complex and requires multiple systems in your body to work together. During this session, we will explore the role that gait and posture play in maintaining mobility and reducing the risk of falls and injuries. Learn from a Kinesiologist how smartphones and virtual reality environments are used to assess subtle gait changes and restore a person’s walking ability and balance.


Functionally Fit to Reduce Fall Risk

Friday, September 30th, 10:30am PST

Everyday moments like walking, squatting and bending over can become easier with practice. Functional fitness exercises train the muscles you need to use in everyday life. Emily Johnson, the Founder of StrongerU Senior Fitness, will debunk some common misconceptions about movement, reveal the secret behind 150 minutes, and explore the brain and body connection, and so much more! During this session, discover the ins and outs of being functionally fit and preventing falls, no matter your age or current fitness level.


Innovations in Fall Prevention Technology

Friday, September 30th, 1:00pm PST

Falls are not a normal part of aging and you have the power to reduce your risk. Many emerging technologies are shedding new light on how and why falls occur. SafelyYou is the leader in artificial intelligence-enabled fall prevention technology and has analyzed more on-the-ground events than anyone – over 45K. During this presentation, we’ll dive into the best practices the SafelyYou clinical team has developed from this data, which are helping senior living providers not only better understand why falls occur, but what can be done to prevent them. During this session, learn tangible fall prevention techniques you can integrate into your daily routine as well as knowledge about innovations that are coming to the home market. 


Smart Home Tech for Fall Prevention

Friday, September 30th, 2:30pm PST

Smart home technology is transforming the art of living at home. Smart lights, intelligent thermostats, smart door locks, passive monitoring systems, and voice-activated devices can all empower people to live independently at home with more confidence. Smart home technology is no longer viewed as a luxury amenity, but as an assistive technology that can be used as a therapeutic intervention. During this session, learn from an occupational therapist why smart home devices are enhancing the livability of homes and, ultimately, reducing fall risk.



Brain Health Series:

The Secrets to Healing Your Brain with Nicole McGuffin, PsyD, founder of Amazing Brains, licensed psychotherapist and board-certified in neurofeedback.

During this interactive workshop, attendees will explore the brain's ability to heal itself. Learn about the power certain activities and experiences have on changing your brain's structure and functioning through neuroplasticity. This talk will help you discover how to heal your brain while providing powerful stories of people who did just that. WATCH RECORDING


Maximizing Your Cognitive Potential through Food with Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN. Boosting your brain power is easier than you might think. A growing body of research shows that what we eat impacts our brain's ability to function. Join us for a plant-based food demo and learn how simple it is to integrate brain-essential nutrients into your diet. WATCH RECORDING

Activating the Brain through Movement is a well-known protector of the heart, but did you know it could also protect your brain? During this session, explore the role physical activity plays in maintaining and even enhancing cognitive function. Learn from a kinesiologist why it is never too late to integrate movement into your lifestyle. WATCH RECORDING

The Future of Brain Health During this panel presentation, attendees will dive into the future of brain health. Our presenters are both neuroscientists and entrepreneurs and come with decades of experience in genetics technology and bioinformatics. Learn about cutting edge research in brain health and Alzheimer’s disease and the power of digital technologies to help us stay proactively engaged with our health as we age. Watch video.

Heart Health Series:

Fuel Your Heart with Purpose with Anna Hall of The Purpose Equation®. During this workshop, the meaning and value of purpose are explored. Learn evidence-based behaviors you can activate in your daily life to increase your sense of purpose, which can positively impact your heart health. We'll explore defining purpose, igniting joy, feeling love, leveraging strengths, and reducing stress. WATCH RECORDING

Fuel Your Heart with Medical Knowledge from a trusted cardiologist. Learn about health, well-being, nutrition, and medication management from Dr. Sodhi of Sutter Health.

Fuel Your Heart with Nutritious Snacks by celebrity Chef Jet Tila. Chef Tila shares healthy shopping tips, and you‘ll see a demo of how easy it is to make delicious, healthy treats. WATCH RECORDING

Fuel Your Heart with Movement by Emily Johnson of StrongerU Senior Fitness. Learn how to start, or progress, your fitness routine to support a healthy heart including reviewing the research behind which cardio exercises are best for your personal fitness routine. WATCH RECORDING

We know residents and participants of our 30+ communities and programs in Northern California benefit from having opportunities to listen to and embrace the advice of health and wellness experts. In addition to supporting these individuals, promoting the well-being of all older adults throughout the region is an important part of Eskaton’s vision of Transforming the Aging Experience. As such, we offer an extensive library of educational resources and materials to empower older adults in reaching their health and wellness goals

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