Vail Daily column: Falls a leading cause of injury for seniors |

Vail Daily column: Falls a leading cause of injury for seniors

Falls remain the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injury for older people. In 2009, more than 20,000 older Americans died from injuries related to falls. (National Council on Aging). Did you know Eagle County Public Health offers many fabulous and fun opportunities to help you work on balance and keep yourself strong and agile? The Healthy Aging program is dedicated to serving the over 60 population with a variety of programs that help maintain independence and health.

The Well and Wise Program is a project of Eagle County Public Health and is a collaboration between Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties and the Consortium for Older Adult Wellness and is supported through a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation. Through the partnership with the Consortium for Older Adult Wellness, 20 instructors have been trained to bring evidence-based chronic disease management and fall prevention classes to adults 55 and older. Fall prevention classes that will be regularly available are Matter of Balance, N’ Balance, and Tai Chi for Health.

Another component of this program is chronic disease management. Through a class called Healthier Living Colorado, participants learn how to take charge of chronic conditions and work in conjunction with their doctors to create a team approach. Classes will be offered in a variety of community settings, such as senior centers, rec centers, churches, CMC campuses and more.

The Golden Eagle Senior Center has a variety of classes to offer older adults. Classes are available for people of all abilities and can be tailored to fit the individual. Classes include a full body exercise class, held on Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m., Tai Chi for Health on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., a seated exercise class on Tuesdays at 11 a.m., and Strong People progressive weight training on Thursdays at 10:45 a.m. Call 970-328-8896 to learn more!

The Eagle County Healthy Aging Program offers programming out of the Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center, located in the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy. Current classes are: Gentle Yoga at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, Nordic Walking at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Strong People progressive weight-training at 10 a.m. on Fridays. Call 970-328-8831 to learn more!

The program holds bi-weekly exercise classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the El Jebel Community Annex Building in El Jebel. Stretching is Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and aerobics is Tuesday and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tai Chi for Health begins a new eight-week series on Oct. 4. The N’ Balance classes begin in October with the dates to be announced. Call 970-985-8896 to learn more.

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