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CMC course covers Older Adult Wellness

Attention professionals who work with senior citizens: Colorado Mountain College is offering a course just for you. CMC will host the Academy for Older Adult Wellness June 15-18 at the Spring Valley Campus near Glenwood Springs, said Bill McGreevy, CMC-Roaring Fork assistant campus dean. The goal: To enlighten those who work with and for senior citizens about different ways to improve and prevent chronic conditions like arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, falls and other ailments. The academy is geared specifically toward physical therapists, recreation specialists, nurses, occupational therapists, fitness instructors, gerontologists, wellness consultants, and other professionals. Participants will be certified in fall prevention for seniors and have an opportunity to join the Consortium for Older Adult Wellness. Courses cost between $25 and $250 and include “N’Balance,” a program designed from the kinetic principles of FallProof, a balance program created by California State University. The class teaches pre- and post-balance assessments and how to conduct a quality fall prevention class that achieves results. Another class will improve instructors’ proficiency in Tai Chi movements, while still another class will give professionals a better grasp of strength training for adults at risk for osteoporosis. Other classes will address exercise for arthritis patients, an overview of chronic diseases, senior fitness, and nutrition and fitness for older adults. All classes provide continuing education units from CMC. For more information, call CMC’s Spring Valley Center at (970) 947-8298.


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