AltaPointe Health & City of Mobile team up to prevent falls
Expanding programs to new community centers this September
MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Did you know that every 14 seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency department for a fall-related injury? Or that falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people 65 and older? And according to the National Council on Aging, the financial toll for older adult falls is expected to reach over $101 billion by 2030.
The good news is that AltaPointe Health has teamed up with the City of Mobile Parks and Recreation Department to provide evidence-based programs that are proven to help reduce the risk of falling. And as they gear up to celebrate National Fall Prevention Awareness Week (September 18-24), they are excited to announce a program expansion that kicks off in September!
FALL PREVENTION PROGRAMS
Since 2018, AltaPointe Health has been incorporating fall prevention programs in the system’s residential group homes and foster homes to improve the health and wellness of the patients.
Bingocize® strategically combines the game of bingo with exercise and fall prevention. Groups of participants “play” Bingocize® twice a week, with 45-60 minute sessions that incorporate exercises to improve range of motion, balance, muscle strengthening, and endurance.
The SAIL Program (Stay Active & Independent for Life) provides a fitness class designed specifically for older adults, as well as self-assessments and educational materials.
A COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
In 2020, AltaPointe received a grant from the Administration for Community Living to bring the programs into the community. AltaPointe worked with the City of Mobile Parks and Recreation Department to identify the communities and areas with the most need.
Over the last year, AltaPointe instructors provided the Bingocize and SAIL programs to more than 200 participants at the Connie Hudson Senior Center, Tricksey Senior Center, Hillsdale Community Center, Parkway Senior Center, Thomas Sullivan Community Center, Springhill Recreation Center, Saraland Senior Center and the Springhill Community Center, Tuesdays @ 1pm, Fridays @ 1pm.
AltaPointe and MPRD are thrilled to announce that beginning this September, AltaPointe will begin providing the programs at the Hope Community Center, Dotch Community Center, Figures Community Center, James Seal Recreation Center, and Harmon Recreation Center.
In total, AltaPointe has served more than 600 participants – making our programs and our community a healthier and safer place to live!
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