Welcome to the September 2009 Seniors Digest!
Can we be moving into fall already? Except for that notable hot spell in July, it has been a pretty nice summer. We hope you took advantage of the beautiful weather to increase your activity level with some outdoor exercise.
The weather's getting cooler, but that's no excuse to cut back on exercise! September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month—a good time to remember that keeping active is an important part of protecting against falls.
September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month, and this is a great time to consider one of the often overlooked benefits of exercise: lowering the risk of falls. Read on to learn about the Shape Up exercise program for seniors, offered at community and senior centers around the area. No matter what your level of fitness, there's a class that's right for you!
Also in this issue, the CDC has released information about the safe use of walkers and canes. Assistive walking devices help thousands of seniors maintain their mobility, but improper fitting and usage can actually increase the risk of falls.
Also in this issue…
- The 4th Annual African American Caregivers Forum, to be held on October 17, offers support for those who are caring for a family member or other loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.
- Save the date for Senior Day at the Bellevue Farmers Market, the Aging with Intention seminars, and more!
- Learn more about rumors that are targeting seniors, using scare tactics that stand in the way of meaningful dialogue about health care reform.
- A new book about family caregiving offers helpful information and inspiring personal stories.
- Give your brain a workout with this month's puzzle, "Immunizations Save Lives."
For More Information…
See "Links You Can Use" for local websites that can direct you to services for seniors. And check out SeniorsDigest.org, our national companion website, which includes the Online Information Center, where you will find resources and information about issues of interest to older adults and their families.
We hope you will refer to our electronic pages often—to obtain advice, to learn of new and exciting services, and to offer us your constructive feedback.
Read Seniors Digest and tell us what you think. We are here to help.
Cathy VonWald, Chair
Seattle-King County Advisory Council
on Aging and Disability Services