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January & February Health Committee Meetings

The Health committee will meet on January 9th in the Swanker Conference Room at the Schenectady Public library main branch at 10am with the Falls Prevention Workgroup. This meeting of community agencies will focus on finalizing a resource list to be made available to the community agencies who serve seniors in Schenectady.

On February 14th the committee will meet at the Niskayuna Library at 1pm for a book review of Atul Gawande's book Being Mortal, Medicine and What Matters in the End. All members of the League are welcome to attend. Patricia Spreitzer from The Capital District Hospice will participate in the discussion of the book. Current proposed legislation to increase options at the end of life will also be discussed.

Submitted by Carol Furman

Falls Prevention Project

The Health Committee has facilitated three meetings of a Falls Prevention Workgroup made up of area organizations that provide services to seniors as part of a collaboration with Schenectady Coalition For a Healthy Community. Work towards the goal of reducing falls among seniors that results in injury and death is being encouraged and supported by the NYS Department of Health.

This year the State Health Department is funding some free training for providers, for programs for increasing balance and strengthening and other interventions to help seniors remain active and in the community as they age.

The Workgroup is focused on increasing the number of persons trained to provide successful falls prevention programs and the access to those programs. In addition, the group would like to identify what resources the County has for both prevention programs and home modification services.

If you are interested in working with the Health Committee on this project, contact Carol Furman, 346-2746.