Falls Prevention Week, Sept. 18-22, is a collaborative week of activities organized by agencies, organizations and individuals, designed to educate county residents on ways to reduce their chances of falling and have some fun in the process. Copies of the Falls Week calendar are available to download.
Maintaining the ability to live a healthy, independent life is a priority for many people. Our Evidence-Based Wellness Classes have been proven to help you develop the skills to live with on-going health conditions and challenges. For the current schedule of classes, please visit our calendar.
If you would like to learn more about wellness classes and opportunities below, contact Melissa Pruitt at 303-441-3599 or MPruitt@BoulderCounty.org.
Our wellness offering in 2017 includes:
A Matter of Balance
About one in three adults over the age of 65 will fall in a given year and this number increases with each decade. Unfortunately many falls result in significant injury and can lead to reduced independence. These are frightening statistics and not surprisingly, many people become quite afraid of falling. A Matter of Balance is an eight week program designed to help people reduce their fear of falling and increase their physical activity. Classes include discussions on how to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing physical activity, make changes in the home to reduce the risk of falling and practice exercises to increase strength, balance and flexibility.
Diabetes Prevention Program
Has your doctor told you that you have pre-diabetes? By eating a healthy diet, losing small amounts of weight and getting regular physical activity, many people can avoid developing diabetes. The year-long Diabetes Prevention Program provides support as participants work to adopt a healthier life style.
Healthier Living/Chronic Disease Self-Management
Nearly 50% of all adults have at least one chronic health condition. Living with ongoing health problems can significantly limit daily activities, zap your energy and interfere with your quality of life. Healthier Living is a chronic disease self-management program developed by Stanford University. In this six-week workshop, you will learn the skills to manage chronic health problems and get back to enjoying your life.
Healthier Living Diabetes / Diabetes Self-Management
Living with diabetes presents a number of daily and ongoing concerns. Our Healthier Living Program was developed by Stanford University to address these challenges and improve your ability to cope with pain, fatigue, stress and frustration. Topics include goal setting, making healthy food choices, meal planning, working with your health care team, developing an exercise program, and foot care.
Learn the skills needed to manage living with chronic pain. Our six-week course includes techniques to deal with pain, frustration, isolation and poor sleep; tips for managing activity and rest levels; goal setting and problem solving; and gentle exercises to improve overall fitness.
Walk with Ease
Getting regular exercise can be as simple as adopting a regular walking plan. Research has shown that walking can reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis and most other chronic conditions and help people improve their fitness levels. In addition to walking and stretching, this six week program developed by the Arthritis Foundation includes brief health education lessons.
Our team of experts welcomes the opportunity to meet with your staff, community group, or organization to explain and assist in accessing available wellness opportunities.
Become a Wellness Leader
Are you looking for an opportunity to give back to your community? Wellness programs are led by community volunteers who care about older adults and are interested in helping them maintain or improve their health and well-being. Our evidence-based programs are designed to be led by community leaders. Appropriate training for each program is provided. Experience in the health care field is not required, however we do look for individuals who are comfortable talking to groups and working with older adults.
For more information, contact Melissa Pruitt at 303-441-3599 or MPruitt@BoulderCounty.org.