Starting January 21st, this 6 part series will be held in Sooke and Shirley respectively. Check out our poster for more details, or email email@example.com.
Sooke, BC, December 16th, 2019 – The SOOKE REGION COMMUNITIES HEALTH NETWORK (SRCHN) has worked to create a strong partnership of groups concerned with serving Sooke Region communities and promoting health and wellness.
As we age the risk of significant injury from a fall increases. According to the BC Injury Research Prevention Unit, for South Vancouver Islanders over 65 falls represent 77% of hospitalizations. In fact, 55% of falls occur in the home and 2/3 of the injured are women.
SRCHN applied for and attained an Island Health Community grant for the sum of $12,000.00. The program is called “Falls Prevention Series” and the sessions are all free of charge. It is worthwhile noting that these classes are not necessarily for those who are already frail. It is never too early to learn life skills that can help you age healthily and vibrantly in your own community. We are very fortunate to have Melody Kimmel facilitate these sessions. Melody Kimmel is a Registered Massage Therapist working in Sooke and teaches movement classes aimed at encouraging individuals to maintain mobility and the pleasure of moving. In preparation for this series, Melody completed the official Canadian Falls Prevention course provided by the University of Victoria. With the tools she learned from the course, Melody developed a series of 6 falls prevention sessions, where participants will meet once a week. During that time, participants will learn how to avoid fall hazards at home and in the community, understanding when one is most at risk for a fall, and simple exercises that can help you maintain one’s strength and balance. Exercises will be adapted to the participants respective abilities.
A similar series was facilitated in East Sooke a few years ago by Island Health, so SRCHN decided to focus on Sooke and Shirley communities this time around. The Sooke sessions will take place at the Child, Youth and Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way, Tuesday 1:30 pm – 3pm, Jan. 21-Mar. 3 (no class Feb. 4). The Shirley sessions will take place at the Sooke Community Hall starting Jan. 21-Feb 25, Tuesday mornings from 10:30am -12pm. Light refreshments will be provided. Caregivers are welcome to join in. Transportation may be arranged upon request.
For more information or to register, kindly contact Christine Bossi, SRCHN coordinator by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text: 250-858-3458.
Visit our website. www.sookeregionchn.org.