Welcome to Active Aging Coalition

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This site provides information for seniors, their families, and other senior advocates about local resources that support senior living and opportunities for community involvement across the ages.

We have monthly meetings that are free and open to the public. In addition, we send out monthly newsletters and invitations to upcoming meetings. If you would like to receive these, please subscribe by clicking  here .
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We meet every third Thursday of the month at the Bell Trace Commons Area, 800 Bell Trace Circle, Bloomington, IN

11:30 Lunch (compliments of Bell Trace)

12:00 Welcome, Guest Presentation, Announcements

1:00 Meeting Adjourned

Our next meeting in September:

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016

Topic:  Area 10:  Everything You'd Like to Know

Presenters:  Kerry Conway


Broadcasts of AAC Meetings

Sometimes our meetings are recorded by Bloomington's Community Access Television. It usually takes about two weeks to edit and post these broadcasts on their Library Channel. If a presentation has been recorded, it will be noted at the bottom of the presentation summary. Please check their schedule for days and times of broadcasts.


2016 August's Presenter

 


Staying Vertical:  Balance and Falls Reduction

Carla Pace, Director of Rehabilitation through Aegis Therapies, spoke about Staying Vertical:  Balance and Falls Reduction.  Balance and staying vertical is necessary.  With age, flexibility, knee, hip and ankle strength, momentum, control, coordination and reflexes all decrease.  Therefore, falls increase with age.  Causes of falls in the environment include stairs, clutter, wetness, loose rugs/carpets, lighting and hurrying.  Some medications and poor vision can also lead to falls.

Many people are afraid of falling.  If a person cannot stand on one leg for five seconds, they are at risk for injuries and falls and might want to see a Physical Therapist.  To address balance issues, a person might also choose to take a balance class at the YMCA, a fitness place, Tai Chi at the College Mall or Area 10.

Some other suggestions to prevent the likelihood of falls are to:

·        regularly exercise

·        wear proper footwear

·        walk on grass instead of sidewalk in wet weather

·        carry salt or cat litter in the car

·        not use liquid soap in the shower because it makes the floor slippery

·        have a flashlight and a cordless phone next to the bed, and

·        have bathroom safety hardware installed

 

Carla gave a very detailed, informative and enjoyable talk.


Attendance:  50

Recorded by CATS on August 18, 2016

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