“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”

Maybe you remember thinking this line from the commercial was a little silly, but falls are a serious concern for older adults. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults according the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the National Council on Aging, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury every 13 seconds. Every year one out of three older adults fall and one out of five falls cause serious injuries such as broken bones.

The 9th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day occurs on September 22,
2016, in conjunction with the first day of the fall season. The day exists to raise awareness about how to prevent fall related injuries among older adults. In honor of National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, an adult health clinic offering free health screenings and education for all adults will be provided by local health organizations and companies at the Main Library. Learn about resources and get tip
s on navigating the health care system for older adults. The Adult Health Clinic is provided by the Safe Aging Coalition of Northern Kentucky.

*Health insurance required for vaccinations.

Adult Health Clinic
Boone County Public Library, Main Library
1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY 41005
Thursday, September 22
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Breakout sessions:

  • 11:30 a.m. – The Legal Implications of a Fall presented by the Law Firm of Parker Clifton
  • 12:30 p.m. – The Financial Implications of a Fall presented by Morgan Stanley

The following list provides more information about the types of screenings and education offered during the Adult Health Clinic:

Organization/Company                                           

  1. Personal Touch, blood pressure screeningsOptometrist in exam room with man in chair smiling
  2. Senior Helpers, Alzheimer’s education
  3. NKY Pain & Wellness, bone density
  4. Delphi Behavioral Health, chemical dependency
  5. Walgreens, flu shots
  6. Burlington Rx, pulse ox
  7. Gentiva Home Health, blood pressure screenings
  8. Connecting Hearts, hydration
  9. Hebron Chiropractic, massage/muscle scan
  10. Hearing Solutions, hearing screening
  11. Atria, healthy cooking
  12. St Elizabeth Hospice,  Five Wishes
  13. St Elizabeth Wound Care, diabetic foot ulcer education/screening
  14. St Elizabeth, rehab services
  15. St Elizabeth Heart and Vascular Hands Only, CPR
  16. EMS Community Outreach Van, injury prevention education
  17. Refreshed Living/Melaleuca, non-toxic living education
  18. Rosedale Green BERG,  balance test
  19. Magnolia Springs, staying independent education
  20. Bright Star, falls risk education
  21. Right at Home, falls screening
  22. Sams Education of Svs-Rx, vision screenings
  23. MD2U, importance of  primary care
  24. Crescent Insurance Insurance, education for heart/diabetes
  25. Gateway, Parkinson’s ed with OT
  26. Kroger,  vaccines:
    • Pneumonia,
    • Shingles
    • Tap
  27. Hospice of Bluegrass
  28. Woodcrest Nursing Facility, pulmonary function test
  29. NKY Pharmacist Association, medical management
  30. NKY Health Department, diabetes and glucose education

Take part in a Brown Bag Medicine Review –Pharmacists will review your medicines for side effect of increased falling risks. Bring a list of your medicines.

Drawings for door prizes will begin at 1:30 p.m.

–Kate

Kate Sowada is the Community Events Liaison at Boone County Public Library. Her enthusiasm for community engagement and development can be traced back to her experience volunteering as a teenager. Studying Geography in college, working with public art projects during grad school and facilitating statewide outreach programs are a few of the community oriented adventures that led her to Boone County Public Library where she is excited about engaging the people of Boone County and broader Northern Kentucky region through library programs and events.

 

The Mysterious German Count of Constance

Everyone loves a good “whodunit”, but how about a “who is it” mystery?  In 1906, the good folks of Constance were pondering that very question.

In those days, the Ohio River offered a major means of travel, and accidents occurred with as much frequency as on our modern highways. One major difference is that the roads stay in one place, and the river moves along, sometimes carrying its victims downriver with the current.

The flow of the Ohio River is rough in some spots, and calmer in others.  In some cases, the current moves toward the river bank, bringing flotsam and jetsam with it.   This happened with great frequency along the banks near Constance.  There are numerous reports of the bodies of unfortunate victims of floods, river accidents or foul play washing ashore in this sleepy river town.

These sad discoveries were made so often, that the coroner was not surprised to be summoned, yet again, to Constance.  In 1904, the body of an unknown man floated ashore at Constance, and could not be identified.  As the body’s condition did not prompt further investigation, and no one came to claim him, he was buried in a plain box near the river.  Two years later,strangers came calling to the Boone County Coroner, looking for the remains of this mysterious man.Graf Lubbert von Westphalen

The two “middle aged men” asdescribed in the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1906, claimed to be brothers of the unidentified man, but refused to give their names.  What they did disclose is that the deceased was a member of European nobility. The men had traveled from their native Germany in search of a missing brother, who had boarded a boat in Cincinnati, carrying a large sum of money and other valuables.  They feared that he had met with foul play.  They asked for the body to be exhumed, to confirm their suspicions.

Upon examination of the remains, the men identified several gold fillings in the teeth and were convinced. This was their long lost brother, the German Count.  Though the mystery surrounding the identity of the deceased and the two men might have caused a bit of curiosity, everyone was cooperative with the visitors. They received the coroner’s permission to take possession of the body, and placed it in an expensive metal casket.  The two men loaded the casket onto a west-bound boat, and took their leave of Boone County.  To this day, the identity of the “Count of Constance” has not been revealed; another unsolved Boone County mystery.

More information on German nobility:
Genealogy research of German nobility:

–Hillary

Hillary Delaney is a Local History Associate at Boone County Public Library. She is a Boone County native, but has also lived in Richmond, VA, where she attended Virginia Commonweath University to study journalism. Hillary moved back to her hometown of Florence in 2007, with her husband and two children. Her lifelong love of all things historic brought her to her current position at BCPL.