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June 14, 2011 > In Home Exercise Program for Tri City Seniors

In Home Exercise Program for Tri City Seniors

Submitted By Mary M. Anderson, Executive Director LIFE ElderCare

"I fell a year ago and broke my hip. I went from being active to being home-bound. Then I learned about the Fall Prevention's exercise program and signed up. The exercises helped me walk with a walker. Now, I'm able to get out and do things again."

If you or someone you know has fallen or has a fear of falling, and is homebound, there is a no cost program available that will provide a 12-week in-home exercise program designed especially for you. Falls are preventable! Here's how it works:

1. When you enroll in the program, an initial assessment is completed. A certified fitness trainer will evaluate your gait and balance and will design a personalized exercise program for you, approved by your primary care physician. Each week, trained Licensed Vocational Nursing students from Unitek College will come to your home to guide you through your exercises. Nursing students also provide other services - taking your blood pressure before beginning your exercises, providing education on health conditions and the importance of hydration, and providing information and referrals on other resources to help you with your needs and challenges such as transportation to medical appointments, free diabetic training program, and the City of Fremont's Senior Help Line.

2. An in-home safety review is available to you to help you reduce the risk of falls.

3. Minor home modifications are available, if required.

4. Medication review provides an extra measure of safety to help prevent drug interactions, a leading cause of falls. Students will complete a list of all your medications. Possible drug interactions are flagged and sent to Touro University Pharmacy Department who review the list of medications you are taking. If a problem is identified, your personal physician will be notified so adjustments can be made.

Preventing falls and maintaining your mobility is important, so sign up today. Just read what prior participants have said about the Fall Prevention Program:

"I had a stroke two years ago and was bedridden. After 24 weeks on the program, I am not only standing, but with the help of a walker, I'm once again able to get around and be part of my community"

"Before joining this wonderful program, I was unable to raise my arm. After the program, I was once again able to brush my own hair."

"I am no longer bed-ridden; I can't tell you how happy I am that I enrolled in the Fall Prevention Program."

Developing a habit of frequent exercise takes months to establish; however, with motivating goals, as well as encouragement and support from LIFE ElderCare's Fall Prevention team, it's more likely to happen. Another session will begin soon. Don't delay - call Sandy at (510) 574-2087 to enroll.

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