Franklin Hospital participating in Fall Prevention Awareness Day

FRANKLIN — Franklin Regional Hospital is participating in the National Falls Free Initiative declaring September 23, 2014, Falls Prevention Awareness Day.

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those 65 years of age and over. Every 14 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. The chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall increase with age.

This year's theme, Strong Today – Falls Free® Tomorrow, highlights the important roles professionals, older adults, caregivers, and family members play in raising awareness and preventing falls in the older adult population.

LRGHealthcare offers seniors programs in order to maintain their livelihood. LRGHealthcare is proud to have been one of 24 hospitals chosen nationally to implement BOOST (Better Outcomes for Older Adults through Safe Transitions) and is the only healthcare organization in the country with the Almost Home Program. The Society for Hospital Medicine (SHM) created BOOST to improve patient care as they transition from hospital to home. The Almost Home Program provides patient education in a home-like environment where patients can practice the skills needed to care for themselves at home.

"Through BOOST and other patient improvement programs, LRGHealthcare can reassure our older patients and their loved ones that when they are ready to return home, it will be without a high risk of falling," stated Gloria Thorington, Director of Medical Safety and Health Management.

Deb Clarke, Director of Patient Care Services at FRH shared a combination of interventions that can significantly reduce falls among older adults:

· A physical activity regimen with balance, strength training, and flexibility components.

· Consulting with a health professional about getting a fall risk assessment.

· Having medications reviewed periodically.

· Getting eyes checked annually.

· Making sure the home environment is safe and supportive.

· Having an annual hearing assessment.

In conjunction with BOOST and Almost Programs, the nursing staff at Franklin Regional Hospital will be raising awareness for fall prevention by wearing yellow on September 23.

Lake Winnipesaukee Museum to hear about black bears on Wednesday

LACONIA — Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is hosting a lecture, "Black Bear Happenings in NH" on Wednesday, September 24 at 7 p.m.

This presentation will explore the natural history of our native black bears, current research being done on black bears in New Hampshire, and how this powerful species is managed in the Granite State. You'll learn some intriguing facts about bears, including how the quality of habitat affects bear productivity and how food provided by humans can affect that natural balance. You'll also hear about the federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, now in its 75th year, which makes wildlife management work possible. Examples of a bear skin and scrapings will be on display.

This event is free to the public. Call 366-5950 to RSVP. We are located on Route 3 in Laconia, next to Funspot.

3M gives to Franklin Boys & Girls Club


FRANKLIN — 3M has awarded the Franklin Boys and Girls Club a grant in the amount of $2500 in support of their after-school and summer programs for children. Presently the Franklin program serves approximately 50+ children with its after-school program and around 25+ children with their summer program.

"Support for Boys and Girls Club organizations nationwide is a corporate priority within 3M," said Barry Livingstone. "The nationally-recognized organization is supported broadly by the charitable giving wing of 3M because of their long-standing commitment to communities, disadvantaged families, and their overall superior reputation," he continued.

The project to bring the Boys and Girls Club to Franklin began in 2012, as a need was seen to fill the void left by the closing of Casey Family Services' afterschool program. The Boys and Girls Club appeared to be a perfect fit, and a capital-raising program began. Although there were some setbacks along the way to opening the club, a big helping hand came by means of sponsorship by the Concord Boys and Girls Club.

With the existing club sponsorship in place, all that was needed was a location to begin operations. A lease opening appeared within the St. Paul's school and with a lot of hard work the club opened officially for new members in January 2014 and today serves an ever-growing number of member-families.

Open house at Prescott Farm on natural playscape project

LACONIA — Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center will be holding an Open House on Wednesday, September 24, from 4:30-5:30 in the Pardoe Building at 928 White Oaks Road to unveil a design for their proposed Natural Playscape project.

In recent years, so-called natural playscapes have gained popularity as an alternative to conventional playgrounds. Research shows that kids prefer natural playscapes over conventional playground equipment, that they are more eco-friendly and less costly to maintain over time, and that kids have fewer injuries in natural playscapes than on conventional playgrounds.

Prescott Farm strongly believes in the importance of getting kids outside for their healthy development and well-being. Thanks to a generous grant from the NH Charitable Foundation, Prescott Farm brought in designer Rusty Keeler of Planet Earth Playscapes ( to put together a Master Plan for the project. Keeler has worked with organizations and communities around the world to design spaces that bring nature to children in fun ways with hills to climb, dirt to dig, plants to explore, and water to splash, among many other things.

Prescott Farm intends to build support, enthusiasm and funding for the project through the winter and implement the project through a community-build process in the spring and summer of 2015. Once complete, the Natural Playscape will be open to the public for free.

Prescott Farm is a non-profit organization that offers year-round environmental education for all ages including WildQuest vacation camps, school field trips, family and youth programs and Naturalist-in-Residence programs at 3 local elementary schools. The 160-acre historic family farm features woodland and field trails, a "green" building with geothermal and solar energy systems, historic barns, an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation, heritage gardens, and a forested pond. Prescott Farm's 3-mile trail system is open to the public for free daily from dawn to dusk.

For more information on the project, visit To RSVP for the Open House, please e-mail Sarah Dunham-Miliotis, Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (603) 366-5695 by September 22.