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RSVP Hosts Informational Session On Falls Prevention At Fulton Mills; All Are Welcome

OSWEGO, NY – The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, will hold an informational hour on falls prevention at Fulton Mills Apartments on Feb. 25, at 1 p.m.

The one-hour session will be conducted by Rachel Brooks, “Six Steps to Better Balance” instructor and “Osteo Bone Builders” master trainer.

Both RSVP-sponsored exercise regimens have proven to be highly effective in helping senior citizens with balance issues.

Registration for the informational or class sessions at Fulton Mills can be made by calling Linda Hughes, resident services coordinator, at 944-7823. You do not need to be a resident to attend; the general public is welcome.

One week following the informational session, the six-week course will begin on March 4 and continue every Wednesday thereafter, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., through April 8.

The course will cover how to help prevent falls and reduce injuries if a fall occurs.

Participants will learn activities that are fun to do, such as the “10 Martini Slump,” which are designed to reduce not only falls, but the fear of falling.

Sessions at Fulton Mills will be led by Oswego County public health educators Sonia Robinson and Anna MacNamara.

There is a nominal fee to cover class materials, but no one will be denied participation due to inability to pay.

Suggested donation is $30; half price for participants in Osteo Bone Builders classes.

In Fulton, Osteo classes take place at Fulton Mills, Towpath Towers, Meadowbrook Estates and the YMCA – in all, at 23 sites in the county.

The Six Step approach to Better Balance was developed by Betty Perkins-Carpenter, Ph.D., of Senior Fitness Productions. She is a nationally renowned expert on falls prevention who has made improving balance easy and effective for everyone.

With falls the leading cause of death in people age 65 and over, RSVP as a member of the Falls Prevention Coalition is taking the lead on reducing this statistic for Oswego County.

The Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition is an initiative spearheaded by Oswego County Opportunities’ Rural Health Network and is comprised of health care professionals throughout Oswego County.

Members of the coalition endeavor to bring about professional and community awareness and the means to positively impact falls prevention. Funding is made possible by the Health Care Foundation of Western and Central New York.

RSVP is part of a nationwide network of Senior Corps programs, sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service and sponsored locally by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.

Other initiatives offered through RSVP in partnership with the non-profit sector include the AARP Tax Aide and Driver Safety programs, Camp Hollis Senior Camping and Busy Knitters; Driving Books Home and OCO Home Delivered Meals, to name a few.

For more information on volunteering and programs, and/or to receive the Mature Living newsletter, call the office at 312-2317 or email: [email protected]