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The grant will focus on bringing much-needed education and awareness to the state’s rural areas
Healthy Living for ME – a partnership between three Area Agencies on Aging: Spectrum Generations, SeniorsPlus, and Aroostook Agency on Aging – has recently been awarded a 3-year, $450,000 grant to expand and promote classes which focus on falls prevention for older adults.
Gerard Queally, President & CEO of lead grant applicant Spectrum Generations said, “Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans, but falling is not an inevitable part of aging. These falls prevention classes are proven to help older adults reduce their risk of falling and we are thrilled to be receiving this funding to continue working with our partners throughout Maine to offer the education, resources, and skills they provide.”
Falls prevention classes, like A Matter of Balance, emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.
Healthy Living for ME currently provides a single-point of entry to a statewide network of workshops that empower adults to address and better manage their health issues. Workshops offered focus on improving balance and preventing falls as well as those which focus on helping adults manage chronic conditions – including high blood pressure, chronic pain, heart disease, COPD, arthritis, and diabetes.
A full listing of workshops available in throughout Maine and searchable by zip code, can be found online at www.healthylivingforme.org or call 1-800-620-6036 for more information.