The Argyle Senior Citizen club enjoyed a Salisbury dinner with potatoes, gravy, squash casserole, and green beans with oatmeal cake last Thursday. Thank you to Tom and Judy Yutrzenka who once again shared garden produce of potatoes, beets, squash, cucumbers and tomatoes as well as Mick Rapacz who brought in more apples for the cooks and bakers amongst the group.
Last week we reported on Fall Prevention week and the need for regular exercise to prevent falls. This week we’ve started two exercise classes led by volunteers, Karen Michalski and Bev Fulks, as noted below. So far we are getting good feedback on the newer of the two classes – SAIL. SAIL (Stay Active and Independent for Life) replaces the Bone Builders class. Both classes are free and open to all – both seniors and younger.
- Tai Chi – Benefits include improved postural stability, awareness and mindful control of body positioning in space, functional walking, coordination, range of motion around the ankle and hip joints, and lower-extremity muscle strength. Wednesdays 10:00 AM.
- SAIL (formerly Bone Builders) – Benefits include increased bone density and muscle strength, improved balance, increased flexibility, increased energy and mobility. Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 AM.
We will be sharing other tips to prevent falls in the coming weeks. So many of the changes we need to make to prevent falls has to do with being mindful of our surroundings. To stay safe at home:
- Keep your path clear – put clutter away
- Take your time when moving about and be mindful of pets if you have them
- Turn on lights as needed if you are moving from room to room
- Use non-slip mats in the bathroom and if you use scatter rugs, use non-skid rug pads.
If you would like to learn more about the exercise classes or would like more information on fall prevention, call HOPE Program director, Nina Platt, at 218-437-8431, stop by the HOPE office to discuss your interest, or just join us for a class.