SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging

Senior Centers

CPR

Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Almost 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes. Unfortunately, only about 46% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives. That's why SeniorAge is taking a proactive move towards training our Senior Center Staff in CPR procedures.

As of 2016, all of the SeniorAge Activity Centers are equipped with automated external defibrilator (AED) machines, a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and walks the user through the life-saving procedures when immediate medical assistance is not available.

Want to become CPR Certified?

SeniorAge offers classes to our communities on how to properly perform CPR to both adults and adolesents. Trained instructors demonstrate and teach practices based on the American Heart Institute guidelines and procedures. Participants are then graded by test and demonstration of skills inorder to pass the class and receive certification. For more information and upcoming class schedules, contact Sheila Smith at sheila.smith@senioragemo.org.

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