Fall Prevention Experience Centre for the Elderly Inaugurated at LVPEI

Fall Prevention Experience Centre for the Elderly Inaugurated at LVPEI
(L-R) Dr Sayan Basu, Network Director, Research Consultant Ophthalmologist LVPEI; Dr Prashant Garg, Executive Chair of LVPEI; Ms K Sujata, Gland Pharma’s Senior leadership team; Col Rameshwar Gupta from Gland Pharma’s Senior leadership team; Dr Merle Fernandes, Chair, Director, Kallam Anji Reddy Campus; Dr Anil Kumar Mandal, Consultant, Jasti V Ramanamma Children’s Eye Care Centre Consultant, VST Centre for Glaucoma Care, LVPEI & Dr Tarjani Dave, Senior Ophthalmologist – Oculoplasty Specialist, LVPEI; releasing a journal on Fall Prevention, at L V Prasad Eye Institute, today, as part of the Falls Prevention Week, being held between 18 to 22 September 2023.

Hyderabad, 23 September 2023: India is facing unprecedented demographic changes. The UN World population ageing report notes that India’s aging population, the ‘elderly,’ will grow from 8% in 2021 to 20% by 2050—over 300 million people. Adults aged 60 and older are at the highest risk of fatal falls. As per the estimates, the prevalence of falls among older adults in India is 31%. Falls often result in serious injuries, decreased mobility, and loss of independence. Through simple and appropriate precautionary measures, we can significantly reduce the occurrence of falls among elderly.

L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) offers a comprehensive range of specialized eye care services with a dedicated focus on the unique eye care needs of elderly. LVPEI’s Kallam Anji Reddy campus in Hyderabad has an exclusive eye care facility – the Gland Pharma Centre for Elderly Eye Care. To raise awareness about safety precautions to reduce the risk of falling among elderly at home, a ‘Falls Prevention Experience Centre‘ has been established

To commemorate Falls Prevention Week, a global initiative observed from 18 – 22 September, the Experience Centre will be inaugurated on 21 September 2023. The Gland Pharma senior leadership team will inaugurate the centre.

“Simple measures such as regular eye and ear examinations, exercise, and addressing the fear of falling are critical for preventing falls in elderly. Additionally, making simple infrastructural modifications at home, including installing grab bars and railings, using a shower chair and non-skid tiles/mats in the bathroom, and ensuring proper illumination, significantly contribute to fall prevention. The Experience Centre showcases these simple modifications that, when applied at home, can have substantial impact,” says Dr Avinash Pathengay, Director of Elderly Eye Care Services at L V Prasad Eye Institute.

The inauguration was followed by an awareness event featuring talks on common eye problems, fall prevention in elderly, and a brief overview of the dedicated elderly eye care services offered at LVPEI. Additionally, throughout the week, LVPEI is also organizing several other activities such as old age home eye screening programs, guest lecture for staff and patients, etc.