Clearfield, PA – Would you know what to do if an elderly loved one falls and hurts themselves? Do you know how to make falls less likely for them to begin with?
Several members of the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging got special training recently, called A Matter of Balance.
The program showed the employees the risk of falling but also practical things that older people can do to prevent falls. The goal is so more elderly people feel comfortable getting daily exercise and leading normal lives without having to worry so much about falling and getting injured.
The staff at the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging are now taking what they learned and putting it to use with their clients.
An award-winning program, A Matter of Balance (MOB) acknowledges the risk of falling but emphasizes practical coping strategies to reduce this fear. They include: promoting a view of falls and fear of falling as controllable, setting realistic goals for increasing activity, changing the environment to reduce fall risk factors, and promoting exercise to increase strength and balance.
The program is designed to benefit community-dwelling older adults who: are concerned about falls, have sustained a fall in the past, restrict activities because of concerns about falling, are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength, and are age 60 or older, ambulatory and able to problem-solve.
For more information about this program and other programs, please contact the CCAAA at 814-765-2696 or visit the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging website.
Front row: Brittany Winters, Mary Ellen Osterhout, Faith Robbins
Back row: Sally Hurd, Brandi Hepfer, Connie Harris, Tom Dodson
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