RSVP To Conduct Workshops On Falls Prevention At Simeon Dewitt

OSWEGO – The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, will conduct a six-week series on falls prevention at Simeon Dewitt Apartments, beginning March 6, and continuing once a week (skipping April 3) for six weeks ending April 17.

The sessions will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.

Sessions 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 falls-prevention workshops can be made by calling Brooks at 963-1069,  before 8 p.m.

Residents of Simeon Dewitt should register with Mary in the main office.

The public is welcome to participate.

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’ and which are designed to reduce, not only falls, but the fear of falling.

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.

Another series of sessions is set to take place the same week at Fulton Mills beginning on March 4.

Sessions at the Mill Apartments will be led by Oswego County Public Health educators Sonia Robinson and Anna MacNamara.

The “Six Steps to Better Balance” approach was developed by Betty Perkins-Carpenter, Ph.D., of Senior Fitness Productions. Betty 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 try 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, part of a nationwide network of Senior Corps programs, sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, is sponsored locally by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.

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

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