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Rotary Member of the Week
Gwen Condon
Gwen is a Certified Financial Planner affiliated with Investment Concepts. Born in Milwaukee, Gwen earned a degree in genetics at UW-Madison. Her diverse business background includes a garden & landscape company, an e-commerce gift & garden site, real estate, tax preparation, a ballroom dance studio, and managing a medical office. Her husband Ken is in the Otolaryngology Dept. at the Clinic. They have four children and a granddaughter. Prior to joining our club, Gwen was a Rotarian in Hartland & Elmbrook. She has been active in international projects in Guatemala and in Rotary Youth Exchange, hosting students from Spain, Brazil, and Germany.
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Independent and Upright
Lauren Zelenak is a health educator for the Marshfield Clinic Center for Community Outreach, which does a lot of work in prevention in various areas. “Independent and Upright” (I&U) is a free program aiming to reduce fall risks in the home, particularly for seniors. The program utilizes trained volunteers who visit seniors in their homes and walk through the home environment to assess it for fall risks. The volunteers also help connect seniors with resources that could decrease the number of fall risks. The program was developed in 2014 in partnership with the Lincoln County Falls Coalition and is now being expanded into Wood County.

Falls can be devastating to older adults and their families. An older American falls every second and one of five falls causes a serious injury. In 2014, more than 27,000 older adults died as a result of falls—that’s 74 every day. But falls are not an inevitable part of aging and they are preventable with simple steps. Medical costs for fall injuries is about $31 billion annually. Besides home hazards, other risk factors for falls include vitamin D deficiencies, difficulties with walking and balance, vision problems, and foot pain or foot wear.

How I&U works: A person is referred to the program. (The referral may be made by medical personnel, a family member, a concerned friend or neighbor, or a self-referral.) An initial home visit is scheduled and then a follow up visit is arranged to see if suggestions have been implemented. The program will be launched in Wood County in July. Right now we can help prevent falls by creating awareness of I&U, referring individuals to I&U, and volunteering for I&U. If you want to get a head start on identifying home fall hazards, Google “CDC Falls Prevention Checklist.”

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