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A6 • VALLEY CITIZEN • September 18, 2013

Citizen Briefs Alivia LaDawn Sasser

Citizen photo/Hope Strong

Olivia Gotler cruises the aisles of Corner Drug to see what goodies the shelves hold in store. Corner Drug and its famous soda fountain are open year round 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Mammos Movies They may not go together like strawberries and chocolate, but we think they make a good pair!

Come in and get your annual mammogram in our digital mammography suite and we’ll give you two movie tickets to the Spud Drive-in! Call 354-6313 to make an appointment.

Did you know we offer

free and discounted mammograms for area women? Scan the QR code below to see a YouTube video about this service.

Dev and Heidi Sasser welcomed their daughter, Alivia LaDawn Sasser, into the world on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at 11:16 a.m. at Bingham Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz and measured 20 1/2 inches in length. Her brothers Dylon, Daniel, and Kayden along with her sister, Aryanna

could not wait for her to come home. Proud grandparents are DeLynn and Lora Sasser of the Blackfoot area and James and Valerie Dewey of Victor.   Great grandparents are Geraldine Gardner of Blackfoot, Gerald and Norma Hansen of Tetonia and Jim Dewey of Victor.

Teton County will be practicing for a disaster On Wednesday, Sept. 25 county officials will be participating in a disaster drill. These agencies include: Teton County Sheriff’s Office, Teton County Ambulance District, Teton County Fire Protection District, Teton County Search and Rescue Team, Teton School District 401, Teton Valley Hospital, the Driggs-Reed Memorial Airport, the City of Driggs, Idaho State Police, Teton County elected and appointed officials, the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security, and Air Idaho. This drill will take most of the day and will be located at the airport, the hospital, the courthouse, the high school, and the middle school.

Why practice? By coming together to plan and to practice we constantly strive to be as prepared as possible for any event that may impact our community. Working together before an actual disaster allows us to hone skills, find areas for improvement and strengthen working relationships. Exercising is part of the preparedness cycle which is a continuing process that we utilize to constantly improve our response activities. Teton School District 401 will be sending home additional information for families with children in Middle School. If you have any questions regarding this please call the Teton County Emergency Management Office at 354-2703.

Fall Prevention Awareness Day Idaho is one of 47 states along with the national Falls Free® Initiative that are declaring a statewide Falls Prevention Awareness Day on the first day of fall, Sept. 22. The Falls Free® Initiative is also petitioning Congress to proclaim Sept. 22 as the Sixth annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. This year’s theme, Preventing Falls— One Step at a Time, seeks to unite professionals, older adults, caregivers and family members to play a part in raising awareness and preventing falls in the older adult population. “Falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injury and injury death in those individuals 65 and older. In 2010, 127 Idahoans aged 65 and older died from a fall,” said Timalee Geisler, Senior Health Education Specialist at Eastern Idaho Public Health District. “We need to raise awareness of the many preventive measures that can be taken to keep our seniors safe.” Every 15 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fallrelated injury. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those aged 65 and over. The chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall increase with age. “Falls are not a normal part of aging, and this day of awareness provides an opportunity to educate older adults and the community at large about how to reduce the risks associated with falling,” said (Bonita) Lynn Beattie, vice president

of Injury Prevention with the National Council on Aging, leader of the Falls Free® Initiative. “We encourage seniors and their families to take proactive steps to prevent falls and stay independent for as long as possible.” Studies show that a combination of interventions can significantly reduce falls among older adults. Experts recommend: • 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. • New research also suggests hearing loss should be routinely assessed. At senior centers and other communitybased organizations across the United States, programs like A Matter of Balance, Tai Chi, and Stepping On help older adults gain the strength, improved balance, and confidence to help them live healthier lives and preserve their independence. In Eastern Idaho, seniors are invited to join Fit and Fall Proof™ classes beginning the week of Sept. 23. These exercise classes are free to the public. Classes in Teton County are hosted at the Teton County Senior Center at 60 South Main, Driggs every Monday and Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m.

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