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Aging programs improve seniors’ independence, health

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area (AAACAP), a CAPCOG division, is offering its first educational workshop to help older adults reduce chronic pain, and it is seeking volunteers to help prevent seniors from falling.

“By teaching seniors how to lessen their chronic pain, we are helping them manage their health so they can live as independently as possible,” said Kate Gibbons, CAPCOG health and wellness program coordinator. “We are also offering volunteers a chance to provide seniors the same help in their local communities by becoming fall prevention coaches.”

In January, Seton Medical Center Williamson in Round Rock is hosting a Chronic Pain Self-Management workshop. The evidence based intervention program is a six-week workshop that provides older adults with techniques to decrease frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation caused by suffering chronic pain, while teaching them easy movement exercises and nutritional facts for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance. The course, which is taught in two- and a half-hour sessions, also discusses medication usage, rest and how to communicate with family, friends and doctors about pain. The Stanford Patient Education Research Center developed the workshop.

AAACAP is leading a two-day course in February to teach volunteers to be coaches for A Matter of Balance: Fall Prevention programs. Once completed, volunteers can partner to run fall prevention programs for seniors reducing their fear of falling and increasing their activity levels. The program is based on Roybal Center for Enhancement of Late-Life Function at Boston University research.

> Register for the workshop and the coaches’ course is available.
> Read more about AAACAP.
Jill Findlay, the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area assistant director, leads a health and wellness program geared towards managing chronic illnesses. Jill Findlay, the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area assistant director, leads a health and wellness program geared towards managing chronic illnesses.

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