Upcoming FREE Falls Prevention Seminar Series
The Erie County Department of Senior Services has announced an upcoming falls prevention seminar series that brings together a panel of experts to discuss falls, their causes, identifying home hazards and ways to improve balance, and other falls prevention topics with area seniors. The six-person panel will present informative sessions at the East Aurora Senior Center on Oct. 19 (12 30PM)and the Clarence Senior Center (9AM)on Nov. 16. Each event will include a "Stay Fit Dining" noontime meal.
"The falls prevention seminar series is free and open to all and will provide excellent information for area seniors and their caregivers. Participants will gain knowledge they can put right to use on ways to avoid falls, improve balance, and even on rehab at home following a fall," said Commissioner of Senior Services Timothy Hogues. "Having this knowledge is essential for seniors to maintain quality of life and prevent falls.
For more information, please visit: http://www2.erie.gov/seniorservices/
East Aurora Senior Center | 101 King Street, East Aurora. Fri, October 19th at 12:30 PM-3:30 PM
Clarence Senior Center | 4600 Thompson Rd. Thurs, November 16th at 9:00 AM-Noon
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Mental Health Campaigns Launches in Erie County
On May 30th, the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition launched "Join the Conversation", a public awareness campaign to address the stigma surrounding mental illness. The campaign is designed to start a community conversation to educate the public on the real facts surrounding mental illness and give those who suffer a voice in an effort to reduce or eliminate stigma in Erie County.
According to Michael Ranney, CRC-R, LMHC, Erie County Commissioner of Mental Health and coalition member, "Approximately 1 in 5 Western New Yorkers are living with a mental health condition. Yet many of these people suffer in silence because of the discrimination that goes along with it. Through this effort, we hope that people dealing with mental health challenges will know that they are not alone, help is available and recovery is possible."
The cornerstone of the campaign is the website www.letstalkstigma.org and its social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where individuals can find facts, information, other people's stories and experiences, available resources, and, of course, a place to join the conversation. Additonal community mental health campaigns include the youth focused JUST TELL ONE foucusing on our younger citizens ( visit www.justtellone.org ) and the Workplace health promotion initiative of the Erie County Mental Health Assocaition.