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Community & Membership Meeting: Proton Therapy for Cancer

Learn about why Proton Therapy can provide an important alternative to traditional radiation treatment. This form of treatment which was only available in other parts of the USA now means that residents will have this form of treatment on their doorstep.

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01 May
9:30 am
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9:30 am
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Safety Council

Engage Estero Safety Council is made of volunteers serving as a voice for the citizens of greater Estero on safety and transportation priorities and issues. We advocate for related solutions to Village, County, and State Government organizations.

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Road Safety in Greater Estero

Road Safety in Greater Estero

Road Safety in Greater Estero By Contributing Author, Mark Novitski, and Engage Estero Consultant.  Everyone has their definition of what determines road safety or, conversely, what makes our roads unsafe. In writing extensively about Corkscrew Road, I have...

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Sign-Up for Property Fraud Alerts

Sign-Up for Property Fraud Alerts

Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comprtroller Kevin Karnes is now offering an alert notification system for Lee County property owners to reduce fraud. When you sign-up, if a deed, mortgage, or other non-Court official record is recorded in your name, you will be...

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Environment Council

Engage Estero Environment Council is a volunteer group focusing on improving water and air quality and mitigating and eliminating the effects of climate warming in greater Estero.

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Health Council

Engage Estero Community Health Council comprises health* and safety-minded volunteers who think about community health comprehensively with a common desire to improve the overall health of the citizens of greater Estero.

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Let’s Make Estero A HeartSafe Community!

Let’s Make Estero A HeartSafe Community!

The facts Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 300,000 lives annually. Approximately 95 percent of SCA victims die before they reach a hospital or receive medical attention. How Can We Help Reduce This...

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Education Council

Engage Estero mobilizes volunteers in our schools, sponsors scholarships, and promotes the involvement of the community through announcements and public forums.

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Estero High Cambridge Students Recognized

Estero High Cambridge Students Recognized

By Mike Wasson, Director, Engage Estero The Village of Estero Council issued a Proclamation its Meeting on Wednesday, March 6th honoring 39 Estero High School Students who were presented the Cambridge Outstanding Learners Awards. In his remarks, Jon McLain, Village of...

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Updates on Issues of Impact

Engage Estero believes the best way to get a community involved is to make sure they are aware of the issues impacting their future, and know how to impact those decisions before they are made. We conduct and publish original research and articles aimed at getting residents Engaged.


Avoiding one of Aging’s Most Dangerous Events










Accidents can happen at any time. Did you know that the number one cause of accidental death in those over 65 is a fall? Forty-six million Americans are aged 65 or over, and that number is increasing every day! While Aging brings a variety of concerns, one that can be a life-changing event is also one that can be minimized.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in four older adults will fall each year. Falls are the leading cause of injury and death among older adults and are costly. They are responsible for an estimated US$31 billion in annual Medicare costs. But it is not about the money: The sad fact is that those who suffer a fall can lose their physical mobility, go into a hospital never to be discharged, require skilled nursing or other caregiver support, or become so fearful about falling again that they dramatically limit their daily activities1.

About one in four falls results in needed medical attention. Ninety-five percent of all hip fractures occur because of a fall. In addition to the physical and mental trauma associated with the fall, falls often result in fears about reduced quality of life, loss of independence, and social isolation. If the fall involves a severe blow to the head, this can trigger a stroke and speed up the onset of dementia, resulting in pain and sadness for the whole family.

Many things can cause falls; thus, the solutions must also include a diverse set of actions.

(Prepared by Dr. Robert P. Belin, M.D. ECCL Health Council and Chairman, Breckenridge Health and Wellness, and Allan Bowditch, ECCL’s Chief Communications Officer)

Outside the Home:

Report dangers you observe while walking that could cause people to trip and fall. Depending on where these are, you may need to contact

Inside the Home:

  • Secure throw rugs with tape or dispose of them.
  • Provide adequate night lighting for bathroom trips.
  • Address slippery shower/tub floors.
  • Wear stable footwear.
  • Install grab bars in the bathroom.
  • Avoid clutter on the floors.
  • Avoid floors that are slippery or wet.
  • Avoid ladders!

Exercise and Balance:

  • Most gyms can provide guidance on specific exercises and balance training, which can significantly help reduce falls.
  • Exercise will also help to maintain and improve posture, joint motion, and postural reflexes, stimulating cardiorespiratory function2.

Manage your chronic conditions:

  • Examine and discuss the side effects of your medications with your doctor.
  • Ensure you take your medications as directed (dosage, time to take, with/without food, etc.)
  • Discuss any drug interactions with your doctor or pharmacist.

Remember, handypersons are available at a bargain compared to medical costs!



  1. Before the Fall: How Seniors Can Avoid One of Aging’s Most Dangerous Events, Wellness, The Epoch Times, Marcia G. Ory Oct 23rd, https://www.theepochtimes.com/health/before-the-fall-how-seniors-can-avoid-one-of-agings-most-dangerous-events_2677395.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=GoogleDSA&utm_campaign=DSA_Web_Desktop&utm_adgroup=Health&gclid=Cj0KCQiAj4ecBhD3ARIsAM4Q_jElieR-2sZA8B3BhVdCiGddU1jMHcqU43znabs2qvoKgcqXk3swSL8aAmZhEALw_wcB
  2. The Second Fifty Years: Promoting Health and Preventing Disability. Falls in Older Persons: Risk Factors and Prevention, National Library of Medicine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK235613/