Despite a harsh winter and several rescheduled sessions, over 100 participants completed chronic disease and fall prevention workshops. Thank you to the many volunteers who facilitated workshops, and for the support from partners at Tarrant County Public Health and Texas Health Resources. A schedule of workshops in your area can be found under the "Wellness Programs" tab.
New partnerships for a safer community of seniors…..
Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County, Inc. has partnered with the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth and the National Council on Aging to encourage seniors to live to their fullest potential and be aware of their risk for diabetes. An estimated 1in 3 U.S. adults has prediabetes, meaning they are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Yet, only 11% of those with prediabetes know they have it. The good news is that people can prevent or delay prediabetes from progressing by making simple lifestyle changes. Research has shown that staying active, eating healthy and losing weight can all reduce a person’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The YMCA is offering a group-based program to help adults learn to make healthy food choices, increase physical activity, and lose weight—all of which are proven to lower the risk for type 2 diabetes. With support of a trained lifestyle coach and fellow classmates, participants develop a plan to help them stay healthy, active, and motivated. For more information on YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, please call Shelley Parker, Program Coordinator, at 817-566-1049 or go to http://www.ymca.net/diabetes-prevention.
Senior Citizen Services has also collaborated with UNT Health Science Center to train 28 of their physical therapy students as A Matter of Balance (AMOB) Coaches. The students are in teams of 24 and are leading a total of 8 classes in the community at senior centers, faith-based sites and senior living facilities. Not only do the seniors and the community benefit through additional AMOB classes offered, but the students learn to work with older adults and sharpen their public speaking skills. The feedback from the sites, seniors and students has been all positive so far, and we hope to continue this partnership training by new students in the future.
-Dr. Jennifer Severance