Gene noticed he was feeling less stable after an injury. He knew that after an initial fall, he was at higher risk of falling again, so he reached out to see what was available through the Area Agency on Aging’s network of community partners. He began regularly attending Tai Chi at his local senior center, and even convinced his friends to come along. Not only does the Tai Chi help him feel balanced and stronger, but it even offers him a sense of calm and relaxation, not to mention some time with his friends. Gene is no longer fearful of falls, as he has found a way to ensure he stays healthy and active for years to come.
One effective way to ensure you are guarding yourself from falls is by participating in Tai Chi or other community programs focused on strengthening and stabilizing your core. These programs are proven to reduce the risk of falls. AAAPP contracts with CARES Health & Wellness Programs to provide free health promotion & disease prevention classes, including A Matter of Balance, Tai Chi, and other courses focused on topics like arthritis, diabetes, mental health, and physical activity.
You can find more about CARES’ offerings in Pinellas & Pasco here.
You can also find free and low cost programs at a variety of local senior centers around our community. Take a look below for several sites that may have courses upcoming.
- CARES Health & Wellness Programs (A Matter of Balance, Tai Chi)
We recommend you call each organization directly to find out when and where classes are taking place.
Some relatively simple home modifications can greatly increase your safety at home. If you are looking for ideas to help you find small ways to make your home safer as you age, we suggest checking out this AARP article. If you are interested in learning more about different programs that may be available to assist with modifications or repairs, reach out to the Helpline today at 1-800-963-5337 or 727-217-8111 for out of area callers.
Do you have a community group that would benefit from learning about fall prevention in a way that is fun and engaging? SAGES, a local senior acting troop has developed a play just for you. Denying Gravity is all about preventing falls, but presented in a way that will keep you laughing throughout. Are you interested in hosting Denying Gravity at your community space? Find information on SAGES here.
Are you looking for affordable housing options for older adults? You can find comprehensive listings for Pasco here and Pinellas here. If you are looking for information on finding an assisted living facility, please find information on our page for caregivers.
Please note that the listings in the above documents may become out of date. Please call the community site directly to discuss availability and eligibility requirements.
Are you looking for ways to make your street, neighborhood, or even your city more age-friendly? Look no further! Check out Communities for a Lifetime, FL DOEA’s Initiative to ensure all communities are safe and nurturing places for people of all ages. Or, look to our national partner, AARP, to learn about their Network of Age-Friendly Communities. We are thrilled to count both St. Petersburg and Dunedin as members of this network.