FISH Virtual Friendly Faces Luncheon to Discuss Fall Risks and Prevention for Seniors

Islanders, friends and family are invited to the community-wide FISH OF SANCAP Virtual Friendly Faces Luncheon, scheduled for Tues., Aug. 9 beginning at noon via Zoom.  Lunch, prepared by George & Wendy’s, consists of a cold entree, side, water bottle and dessert.  The cost of the luncheon is complimentary to participants.  FISH volunteers deliver meals to islanders beginning at 11:30am. 

Shakil Mohammed, M.D., Ph.D. will discuss fall risks and prevention for the senior community.  A Sanibel resident, Dr. Mohammed is a former faculty member of the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine’s Departments of Psychiatry, Internal Medicine and Pharmacology, and a former medical director of the Center for Anxiety and Depression at The Jewish Hospital in Ohio.

According to American Family Physician, ‘falls are the top cause of accidents in people over the age of 65. Falls are also the main cause of serious injuries and accidental deaths in older people, and even older people who appear to be strong and well can fall’.

“We are excited to learn from Mr. Mohammed on this very important topic,” says Erika Broyles, Senior Services Director, FISH.  “Falling is a real threat to our senior population due to many conditions related to aging, such as poor eyesight or illnesses or other physical conditions.  Additional risk factors, that can easily be remedied, may include poor lighting or throw rugs that can make one more likely to trip or slip.”

The FISH Friendly Faces luncheon is a great way to catch up with friends, make new connections and learn about exciting offerings in the area.  Reservations and meal choices are required by Fri., Aug. 5 to the FISH Walk-In-Center, 239-472-4775.  Once registered, FISH will provide an emailed link and meeting ID number for access.