Step On It! – A Senior Wellness Program – Coming to Area Senior Centers
Senior Services North Fulton has partnered with Gentiva Home Health and Hospice Services for an eight-week senior wellness program aimed to keep older adults active and independent while working to reduce the risk of falls. The Step On It! program will kick off at four senior centers in the North Fulton community in late March and early April. Any senior age 60+ that resides in North Fulton is invited to participate.
According to the CDC, over 80,000 patients per year are hospitalized due to falls in the US. The hospitalizations most often occur because of broken hips and head injuries. The average hospital cost for a fall injury is over $30,000 and the cost for treating these injuries goes up with age. Studies have shown that staying active not only reduces the risk of falls, but has countless other health benefits as well.
The Step On It! program will have the senior centers working as a team to reach step goals over the eight-week program. Experience shows that participants are motivated by their step buddies and teams to reach both small and big goals. At the end of the program, each senior center will throw a themed party to celebrate their success.
“Step On It! is making a healthy impact in seniors’ lives all around the country,” said Heather Terry, Community Relations Director for Senior Services North Fulton. “We are thrilled to be selected by Gentiva to bring this important program to our senior center participants.”
The program is free of charge and includes a Step On It! wellness and fall prevention guide, and each participant will receive a pedometer to help keep track of their steps. Supplies will be limited. Call Senior Services North Fulton at 770-993-1906 x227 for more information on the program and the kick off location nearest you.
Kick off Dates and Locations
Monday, March 27th at 10:30AM
Alpharetta/Crabapple Senior Center
12624 Broadwell Road – Alpharetta
Tuesday, March 28th at 10:00AM
Sandy Springs Senior Center
6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Bldg. C –
Wednesday, March 29th at 10:00AM
Roswell Senior Center
1250 Warsaw Road – Roswell
Tuesday, April 4th at 10:00AM
Milton Senior Center
Thomas Byrd Sr. House
15690 Hopewell Road – Milton