OSWEGO – For seniors and older adults the results of falling can bring devastating consequences. In an effort to help prevent falls and help frail elders achieve better balance the Rural Health Network of Oswego County established the Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition.
The coalition serves as a valuable resource for older adults and caregivers as it helps them identify ways to prevent falls and identify hazards that could cause a fall.
One of the key resources the coalition offers is the 6 Steps to Better Balance course, a six-week class with a curriculum that engages seniors with activities to improve their balance and teaches them various ways they can prevent or lessen the impact of falling.
On June 3, the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations will host a Train the Teacher event for volunteers interested in providing instruction for a Better Balance exercise regimen.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at SUNY Oswego’s campus center.
Dr. Betty Perkins-Carpenter, a nationally renowned expert on fall prevention who has made a lifelong career of teaching people to be physically fit, safe, and secure in their daily living activities, will conduct the training.
Perkins-Carpenter will teach health care professionals, adult caregivers, and interested older adults, her 6 Steps to Balance System and subsequently how to train older adults.
The 6 Steps to Better Balance System philosophy is based on the simple but profound belief that “fear of falling” is a major factor contributing to falling-a self-fulfilling fear. The system focuses on helping older adults to maintain and reclaim their balance through a series of activities that are fun and easy to do, give hope and motivate, and are designed to reduce falls and the fear of falling.
Participants in this “Train the Teacher” course, will learn how to teach the 6 Steps to Better Balance System by learning each of the six steps and associated activities: Stretching in Bed Exercises, Balance Exercises, Ball Handling Exercises, Walking while talking on the Phone (indoors) Exercises, The Slump, and Dancing with a Pillow.
Once trained, practicum sessions will follow and help offered when and where needed.
Pre-requisite for the training is a background in physical education, or experience with senior fitness and exercise.
Class size is limited and the deadline for registration is May 30.
For more information or to register to attend the 6 Steps to Better Balance Train-The Teacher event professionals should contact Danielle Wert at 315-592-0827 or via e-mail at [email protected], volunteers should contact the RSVP office at 315-312-2317 or via e-mail at [email protected]
RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National & Community Service and is locally sponsored by Oswego State University and The United Way. RSVP enables people 55 and older to remain productive and to “help themselves by helping others.”
In each county, they assist non-profit agencies with critical community needs and help tens of thousands of county residents as a result.
In addition to recruiting, placing and supporting volunteers, RSVP offers Mature Living, a bi-monthly newsletter with news and information that is national and local in scope and of interest to older Americans.
OCO, Inc is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.
A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.
For more information, visit www.oco.org