CLEARFIELD – Do you know that falls are the leading cause of unrecovered illnesses and fatal injuries in Americans age 65 and older? In addition to causing more than 18,000 deaths yearly, falls often lead to reduced mobility, loss of independence and early admission to a nursing home. Developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, Healthy Steps in Motion is a program implemented throughout the state and focuses on reducing falls and improving physical activity.
Many independent and health-conscious individuals are taking “Steps” now to greatly reduce their risk of falling while increasing their strength, flexibility and stamina. Healthy Steps in Motion focuses on BASS principles: Balance, Aerobics, Strength and Stretching. During the eight-week program, which begins with a simple fall-risk assessment, the group meets two times a week for low-to-moderate intensity exercise led by certified instructors.
During a recent “Train the Trainer” session, Clearfield County senior center managers, as well as other health-care providers and wellness leaders, were educated to lead the Healthy Steps in Motion class. This exercise program will soon be offered at Centers for Active Living, Family Service Centers and other community locations in Clearfield and surrounding counties.
Join us and be on your way to Healthy Steps in Motion. Improve your balance, stamina, and flexibility in a safe, friendly environment. Please watch for future news releases regarding class dates and times. If your organization is interested in hosting classes, please contact Jackie Anderson, Prime Time Health Coordinator with Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc. at 814-765-2696.
Information on activities of the CCAAA and Centers for Active Living is available by calling the Agency at 814-765-2696 or 1-800-225-8571 or by visiting the CCAAA Web site at www.ccaaa.net. Programs and services of the agency are funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc., Mature Resources Foundation and local and consumer contributions.