Senior Matters workshops start July 15 |

Senior Matters workshops start July 15

Becoming informed is one of the most important responsibilities that family members and seniors shoulder as we “grow older and wiser” in the aging process. Learning the facts about aging can help everyone make the best choices about health care decisions.

Determining what is considered normal aging can help prepare us for what we might expect as we age. One of the most unsettling elements of aging is not knowing what to expect. Changes due to the combined effects of the aging process, disease, environmental and lifestyle factors are considered usual or “normal” aging. However, seniors and their adult children are frequently not sure what they should or should not be concerned about. Today, there are more than 35 million Americans (about one in every eight people) over the age of 65, with women making up approximately 58 percent of the population. Senior issues such as health care, hospitalization, acute care and nursing home care are gaining attention as the senior population increases.

Over the last several years, increasing numbers of reliable nationwide research projects have been done to learn more about the physical and psychological effects of aging. Sharing some important facts about aging may help to clarify what normal aging looks like, lessen concerns and benefit us and our loved ones about our growing older and wiser senior population.

To assist with communicating this information Senior Matters will be introducing a series of workshops at the Senior Matters Activity Center in Carbondale. The first workshop will be July 15 from 1-2:30 p.m. The Third Street Center is located at 520 S. Third St. in Carbondale. These informative interactive classes will be presented by a team of qualified therapists from Heritage Park Care Center-Heritage Therapy Services. The first of these classes will be conducted by physical therapist Amy Rota, who will address the No. 1 reason for hospitalization among seniors – household accidents. With her guidance participants will discover ways to decrease the rise of accidents and falls, and learn how exercise may reduce the risk of injury from these incidents. Bring a family member or friend. Call 963-2536 for more information.

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