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    Taxonomy Code: JR-8200.3000-200

    Programs that are designed to increase public awareness of the risk factors associated with trips, slips and falls by older adults and others in and around their homes and the measures that can be taken prevent their occurrence. Delivery formats may include fact sheets, safety check lists or other informational materials; individual or group educational sessions which may include strength and balance exercises; and general media campaigns. The programs may address illnesses and other physical conditions that affect mobility and balance; "high-risk" medications or medication combinations that may cause drowsiness; lack or improper use of needed mobility aids; proper versus improper footwear; environmental safety hazards such as unsafe or unlighted stairways, uneven or slippery walking surfaces, obstacles such as throw rugs and exposed cords or wires, unsteady furniture or lack of grab bars and handrails; and other similar factors.

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    La Plata Senior Center (Durango) - La Plata County Senior ServicesThe Durango Senior Center is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all adults age 60 years and older and helping them age with dignity and purpose. Activities and services include: HOME CHORE SERVICES which include: - Installation of grab bars and handrails - Correction of trip hazards - Minor step and porch repair - Small home repairs - Heavy house cleaning - Spring and Fall yard clean-up - Limited snow removal assistance - Firewood for low income families ***Services are limited. Not able to address roof repairs, structural problems and major furnace, plumbing or electrical problems. TRANSPORTATION SERVICES provides door-to-door assisted transportation for: - Medical appointments - Senior Center lunch and activities - Exercise classes - Other shopping needs ***Medicaid clients may use our services for medical transportation with an approval from Medicaid. MEAL PROGRAMS which include: - Meals on Wheels-home delivered meals to seniors age 60+ and their spouses Monday-Friday - Dining at the Durango Senior Center-reservations must be made by 9:30 am for that day. Lunch served at 12:00 pm SUPPORT GROUPS every month: - Family Caregiver support group - for people who serve as caregivers for family members or loved ones. Meet twice per month. - Vision Impaired (VIP) support group - for people who are blind or who are visually impaired. Meets monthly. - Disabled American Veterans (DAV) support group - facilitated by the Veteran's Service Officer. Meets monthly. - Widow/Widower's support group - Meets twice per month. - TOPS (Take off the Pounds Sensibly) - Members support each other with their effort to lose weight and keep it off. Meets weekly. ***For details on different meeting times, see the monthly newsletter for the schedule or call for details. RECREATIONAL ACTIVITES include: - Learn to use computers - Practice Tai Chi, Zumba, Yoga, Line Dancing and more - "Watch Your Step" class for fall prevention and to improve overall fitness - Play cards, BINGO and other games - Play billiards and table tennis - Study history, music, language and healthy living - Join the quilting group, craft group or writing group - Participate in dog training classes in the summertime ***See newsletter on the website for more events and activities guide. COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND INFORMATION for seniors age 60 and older.La Plata CountyLa Plata Senior Center (Durango)La Plata County Senior Services
    OAA - Senior Balance Improvement - Senior Resource Development AgencyA Matter of Balance includes eight two-hour sessions for a small group of seniors led by a trained facilitator. Designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Pueblo CountyEvidence Based ProgramsSenior Resource Development Agency

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