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1:00 pm A Matter of Balance @ 50 North
A Matter of Balance @ 50 North
Sep 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Falling is a real fear for many senior citizens, but a program of the Area Agency on Aging 3 is looking to help with that. An eight-week class titled “A Matter of Balance” educates seniors on how to make changes to their home and their lifestyle to help reduce the risk of falls. Exercises to increase strength and balance are also taught. Facilitator Dancie Mohler is a health education coordinator for the agency on aging and has been involved with the program for eight years. The evidence-based program was created by Boston University’s Roybal Center in Applied Gerontology and the New England Research Institutes with funding from the National Institute on Aging. The first class at 50 North was held Sept. 6. Sessions continue from 1-3 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 25. Mohler also explained that falling leads to the fear of falling, which leads to more falls. “A Matter of Balance” is designed to help combat that fear and the hesitancy that goes along with it, she said. Session 2 this Thursday will include a discussion on thoughts and concerns about falling. Participants will hopefully feel comfortable enough to open up about their experiences, their challenges and their successes, said Mohler. Exercises start the third week of the program and will include shoulder rolls, foot circles, seated leg extensions and knee raises, toe stands, alternating steps, side steps, finger spreads, elbow touches and stretches. Some people may not want to continue with the series due to the exercises, Mohler predicted. She anticipates that some will be embarrassed because they can’t move like they did when they were younger. The fourth session Sept. 27 will focus on assertiveness and fall prevention, while the session on Oct. 5 will look at managing concerns about falling. A representative from the Findlay Fire Department will talk to the group about what emergency responders do when a Life Alert button is pushed. For the sixth session on Oct. 11, participants will be asked to look for risks inside their homes. Class members will talk about those results at the seventh session on Oct. 18. Mohler also hopes to bring someone in to talk about the various types of safety equipment on the market. Graduation day is set for Oct. 25. The class but free, but anyone interested must come this week or they will not be able to attend Sept. 20 when exercises are introduced for the first time. For more information, call 50 North at 419-423-8496.
1:00 pm Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Sep 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders are encouraged to attend free “Delay the Disease” exercise classes at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. Classes are held from 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the chapel and can accommodate those in wheelchairs. Developed by Ohio Health, the program can help participants move about with ease and confidence in a crowd, get out of bed or rise from a chair independently, improve handwriting, dress independently and regain a sense of moving with normality. A physician referral is required and, if falling has been an issue, a participant must be accompanied by someone during the classes. To register, call 419-358-1015, ext. 221.
5:30 pm HHWP Community Action Commission Micro Business Development Program @ Wyandot County HHWP Community Action Commission office
HHWP Community Action Commission Micro Business Development Program @ Wyandot County HHWP Community Action Commission office
Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Recruitment is underway to enroll participants in the fall Micro Business Development Program offered by the HHWP Community Action Commission. The program consists of 11 sessions held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Aug. 23. Sessions continue through Nov. 1 at the Wyandot County HHWP Community Action Commission office, 559 S. Warpole St., Upper Sandusky. The program is designed for individuals interested in starting their own business, owners of existing businesses, and others who want to learn about business. For the purposes of this program, a small business is defined as having one to five employees — one of which is the owner of the business. Discussion topics include business success stories, developing a business plan, funding a business, opening and marketing, record keeping, e-commerce, buying a business or franchise, insurance, banking, retirement planning, financial statements, legal forms of ownership, and pricing products and services. There is access to one-on-one counseling after completing the program, and qualified participants will be eligible to apply for a business loan of up to $10,000. The program fee is based upon household income and costs $25 for income-qualified applicants. The program fee is $100 for nonqualified participants. The first session is free. For more information or to request an enrollment application, contact Mary Wilcox at 419-423-3755 or mwilcox@hhwpcac.com.

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