CCAAA to Offer PDA Evidence-Based Programs

The Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc. will be hosting three separate evidence-based programs throughout Clearfield County.

These include:

Chronic Pain Self-Management (CPSM), which is a program that teaches techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, isolation and poor sleep.

Classes will be held at the Clearfield Center for Active Living, located at 116 S. Second St., Clearfield.  The CPSM class is an evidence-based program given for two-and-a-half hours, once-a-week for six weeks.

Subjects covered will include: appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance; appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with friends, family and health care professionals; nutrition; and decision-making and how to evaluate new treatments.

Classes are free and will be held on Tuesdays, beginning March 3, from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.  This is a six-session series.

Please plan on attending every session to get the full benefit of the course.  Act now because class size is limited.  For information or to register, please call Connie at the Clearfield Center for Active Living: 814-765-9319.

Healthy Steps in Motion (HSIM), which is a strength and balance exercise program that helps to reduce the risk of falling, builds body strength and helps to increase flexibility and improve balance.

Classes will be held at the Kylertown Center for Active Living, 70 Senior Dr., in Kylertown.  The HSIM class consists of eight sessions taught by certified trainers.

Each workshop starts with a warm-up, which is followed by strength and balance exercises and concludes with a cool down stretch.

The class is designed to: prevent falls and injuries resulting from falls; introduce methods to reduce falls; and increase awareness of risk for falls.

Classes are free and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, beginning March 3 and ending March 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Please plan on attending every session to get the full benefit of the course.  Act now because class size is limited.  For information or to register, please call The Kylertown Center for Active Living at 814-345-6338.

A Matter of Balance, which is an eight-session, award-winning program approved by the AOA, Administration on Aging and NCOA, National Council on the Aging.

This program acknowledges the risk of falling but emphasizes practical coping strategies to reduce this fear.  They include: promoting a view of falls and fear of falling as controllable, setting realistic goals for increasing activity, changing the environment to reduce fall risk factors and promoting exercise to increase strength and balance.

The program is designed to benefit community-dwelling older adults who: are concerned about falls, have sustained a fall in the past, restrict activities because of concerns about falling, are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength and are age 60 or older, ambulatory and able to problem-solve.

Classes will be held at the Coalport Center for Active living in Coalport, beginning on March 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  The classes run every Tuesday and Thursday for four weeks.

Enrollment is required. Please call The Coalport Center for Active Living at 814-672-3574 to register or for more information.

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.

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