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Program helps older adults stay well

by jmaloni
Fri, Nov 9th 2012 07:00 am

As individuals reach the age of 60 and older, they may begin to experience changes to their mind, body and spirit. "Stay Well on Your Feet" is a free health promotion program geared toward identifying these changes and providing tips for maintaining quality living.

This program is presented by the Niagara County Coalition for Falls Prevention, consisting of the McLaughlin Center for Senior Wellness of DeGraff Memorial Hospital, the Niagara County Office for the Aging, the Niagara County Department of Health, and the Visiting Nurses Association of Western New York.

The next scheduled session will be a four-week series held on Tuesday's from 2 to 3:30 p.m. starting Nov. 13 at the DeGraff Community Center. Each 1 1/2-hour session includes registration, presentation by a health professional, time for discussion, a healthy snack and giveaways. Health screenings will be offered.

•Nov. 13, "Aging Gracefully" will give a lighthearted, humorous look at age-related health issues.

•Nov. 20, "Falls Prevention Around the Home." This session, led by a physical therapist, gives an opportunity for education, discussion and self-evaluation on risk for falls. Interactive participation will demonstrate management tools for flexibility, strength building and balance exercises.

•Nov. 27, "You Are What You Eat." This session, led by a nutritionist, helps seniors to make better, more nourishing choices in the variety and quantity of foods they select.

•Dec. 4, "Medication Management," encourages understanding of the medications we take and the importance of ongoing evaluation by pharmacists and physicians to oversee proper dosage and use.

Those who participate are asked to commit to all four sessions. Call 716-690-2271 to register for this free wellness program. The DeGraff Community Center is located at 139 Division St., North Tonawanda.

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