Positive aging workshops in May for Older Americans Month

Positive aging workshops in May for Older Americans Month
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The Falls Prevention Program of the Holmes County General Health District and the Standing Against Falls Coalition are sponsoring positive aging workshops — free of charge — every Thursday in May to celebrate Older Americans Month.

                        

Healthy living starts with positive aging, and the Falls Prevention Program of the Holmes County General Health District and the Standing Against Falls Coalition are sponsoring positive aging workshops — free of charge — every Thursday in May to celebrate Older Americans Month. The 65 and over population is encouraged to attend, but caregivers, adult children and anyone interested in learning what positive aging looks like is encouraged to participate.

In each workshop participants will be provided further life tools to continue to guide individuals into healthy and safe aging.

The workshops will be held in the lower-level conference room at the Holmes County District Public Library, 3102 Glen Drive, Millersburg, from 1-3 p.m. each Thursday. Each workshop is made of two 1-hour sessions. Each session has topics pertaining to positive aging and healthy living.

Speakers represent various agencies located in Holmes County but also include speakers from state and national programs. Individuals are asked to preregister for workshops they plan on attending. Call Kerry MacQueen at the Health District at 330-674-5035 ext. 251.

On May 5 session one will be from 1-2 p.m. and discuss “Let’s Talk Falls.” Participants will hear a testimony given by a Holmes County resident on his falls journey, followed by state and local information on falls and special programs geared toward falls prevention. Speakers include Terry Logsdon, Holmes County citizen; Elizabeth Fries, chair of the Ohio Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition; and Kerry MacQueen, injury prevention coordinator at the HCGHD.

Session two will be from 2-3 p.m. and discuss “Snap, Crackle, Pop: Exercise As We Age.” Participants will learn about the importance of daily physical activity while aging. You will be introduced to different forms of exercise that will help improve strength and balance. Speakers include Cheryl Seabright, BSPE, Cheryl’s L.I.F.E. Fitness LLC.

On May 12 session one will be from 1-2 p.m. and discuss “Healthy Eating.” Participants will not only learn about the importance of eating healthy, but also get tips on how to do it. Speakers include Laurie Sabel, RD, LD, CLC, at the HCGHD, and Ashley Markowski, DTR, CLS, at the HCGHD.

Session two will be from 2-3 p.m. and discuss “Vaccinations for 65+.” Participants will be introduced to the importance of receiving age-related vaccines such as shingles and pneumonia, as well as booster shots. Discussion of common side effects also will be shared. Speakers include Raquel Miller, RN, BSN, IBCLC, public health nurse at the HCGHD.

On May 19 session one will be from 1-2 p.m. and discuss “Area Agency on Aging Services in Holmes County.” Participants will be informed of the variety of programs that are offered by the Area Agency on Aging within Holmes County. Speakers include Carol Baker, advocacy and education coordinator, foundation fundraiser and events coordinator, and site coordinator for Evidence-Based Programs, Area Agency on Aging Region 9.

Session two will be from 2-3 p.m. and discuss “The Aging Eye — Preserving Your Gift of Sight.” Participants will learn how the eye ages, diseases that can affect sight and the steps an individual can take to keep eyes healthy. Speakers include Laura Schwartz, special projects coordinator, The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness.

On May 26 session one will be from 1-2 p.m. and discuss “Staying Safe in Your Home.” Participants will be introduced to different tools and techniques that will help prevent falls from occurring in an around your home. Speakers include Kate Shumaker, RD, LD, OSU Extension, and Robyn Menuez, OTR/L, ECHM, Functional Home Solutions.

Session two will be from 2-3 p.m. and discuss “Home Fire Safety for Older Adults.” Participants will learn about the importance of fire safety within the home and how to develop a fire plan to keep yourself and loved ones safe. Speaker will be Lt. Chris Markley of Holmes Co. Fire District #1.

Each session will have a Q-and-A period. Brochures will be made available at each workshop session pertaining to the specific topics presented. Refreshments also will be provided.

For questions or to preregister for the workshops, call MacQueen at 330-674-5035 ext. 251.


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