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May 21, 2013 > Fall Prevention program taking new clients

Fall Prevention program taking new clients

Submitted By LIFE ElderCare

LIFE ElderCare will starting a new series of Fall Prevention in-home classes and has openings for new or former participants. Anyone age 60+ interested in improving their balance and strength and reducing their fear and risk of falling is eligible.

Certified Fitness Instructor Barb Hauser says, "I saw "Vivian" last year. She had just been in Washington Hospital and a skilled nursing rehabilitation center for several weeks after a bad fall. Frail, but motivated to get stronger, Vivian was so weak that she couldn't push the gas pedal to drive. She signed up and worked for one hour a week for 12 weeks with the student nurse who came into her home. We tailored basic exercises just for her and incorporated them into day-to-day activities: getting out of bed, taking a box of rice from the shelf and so on."

In a follow-up, Vivian got perfect scores on all balance and gait tests. She had progressed from using a walker to a quad cane, a single point cane and then "ditched" all canes after a few months in the program; she was able to drive again and returned to her normal life. Vivian said that besides the wonderful care she received from our student nurses, she has a son who now calls her weekly to ask if she has done her exercises! She is even volunteering with school kids in Newark. She loves our program and says the exercises she learned from us are ones she can do forever.

If you, your neighbor or your mom or dad might benefit in this program, give Sandy a call (510) 574-2087. Falling is NOT something that has to happen just because you are aging.

For more information on LIFE ElderCare, call 510-574-2091 or go to www.lifeeldercare.com.

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