Lou Walker Senior Center offers exercise on Awareness Day
“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” The infamous Life Call alert system phrase is something you’re unlikely to hear from seniors in Lithonia who learned exercises and techniques to prevent falling. on Sept. 23 at the Lou Walker Senior Center.
As a part of National “Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Sept. 23,” seniors at the Lou Walker Senior Center learned about 14 Tai Chi exercises to keep them flexible and alert in case of a fall. The center’s wellness director, Tyrone Bailey, taught the class.
Center director Darryl Blackwell says the exercise session and presentation highlighted the important roles professionals, older adults, caregivers and family members play in raising awareness and preventing falls in the older adult population.
“Falls are the leading cause of both, fatal and nonfatal injuries, for those 65 years of age or older. Here, at the Lou Walker Senior Center, we have some of the best resources and classes to help seniors stay healthy and help prevent falls,” said Blackwell. “This awareness day is an opportunity for older adults and their support communities to learn how to reduce falls risks so our seniors can stay independent for as long as possible.”
Studies show that a combination of interventions can significantly reduce falls among older adults. Experts recommend:
A physical activity regimen with balance, strength training, and flexibility components.
Consulting with a health professional about getting a fall risk assessment.
Having medications reviewed periodically.
Getting eyes checked annually.
Making sure the home environment is safe and supportive.
Having an annual hearing assessment.
DeKalb Sheriff comes to Lou Walker with cupcakes and words of kindness
In honor of National Senior Center Month, DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann stopped by Lithonia’s Lou Walker Senior Center to pass out cupcakes and thank them for their support in the community.
Mann delivered a platter of celebratory cupcakes while holding conversations with nearly 100 senior center members in attendance such as Booker Donnell. DeKalb County’s top elected law enforcement official also stopped to take “selfies” with members like Bettye LeBrane.
“It was important for myself and some staff members to stop and take some time to recognize National Senior Center Month with some of the most important members of our community,” said Sheriff Mann. “Our seniors don’t just wait until September, they are always showcasing their center. DeKalb seniors are walking representations of what it looks like to be a positive image of aging.”
AARP Foundation selects Atlanta Tech for seniors’ jobs program
Atlanta Technical College is among four community colleges and four workforce development boards throughout the U.S. that is helping prepare job candidates ages 50 and older for in-demand jobs.
The AARP Foundation is investing $2.3 million to expand the BACK TO WORK 50+ initiative in support with support from the Walmart Foundation in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the help of the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB). BACK TO WORK 50+ is dedicated to moving low income, unemployed men and women age 50+ from instability to stability by providing employment in good jobs in their communities. Some of the in-demand jobs include Microsoft office specialist, database management specialist and customer service specialist.
The AARP first launched BACK TO WORK in 2013 as a demonstration project in Denver, Colorado at the Arapahoe Douglas Workforce Center. After a successful debut, it was later expanded to 11 community college locations throughout the United States in early 2014 and has now expanded to include additional college locations and workforce development boards.
“More than 3 million workers age 50-plus are looking for full-time employment. Mature workers bring assets to the workplace that employers need,” said AARP Foundation president Lisa Marsh Ryerson. “The expansion of BACK TO WORK 50+ will encourage a multigenerational workforce that brings value to employers and older Americans alike.”
The community colleges will focus specifically on the needs of low income, older adult women and provide an expanded level of career and support services. The colleges will have access to a Virtual Career Network career exploration platform that was developed by American Association of Community Colleges through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Participants in the program will use this innovative web-based tool to explore careers in high-growth fields.
“Community colleges have always served a diverse student population, including adult learners looking to retrain for the workforce,” said AACC President and CEO Walter G. Bumphus. “We appreciate AARP Foundation’s interest in working with community colleges, and recognizing that the colleges can help support older and unemployed workers in a variety of ways.”
Workforce investment boards also play a key role in supporting older and unemployed workers, said AARP Foundation Income Impact Vice President Emily Allen.
“Workforce investment boards, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, build relationships with economic development organizations, publish related regional economic research and create resources to intervene for both, the dislocated workforce and the incumbent workforce members, of a community,” Allen said.
The WIB's main role is to direct federal, state and local funding to workforce development programs. They also oversee the One-Stop Career Centers, where job seekers can get employment information, find out about career development training opportunities and connect to various programs in their area, usually at no-cost.
As part of the BACK TO WORK 50+ expansion, the participating community colleges and workforce investment boards (WIBs) will host local information sessions where job candidates aged 50 and older can learn how to update their resumes, network, and get job leads for in-demand jobs as well as enroll in short-term training. Following the Sept. 15 information session, sessions will be held on Nov. 3 and Dec. 1, 6 to 8 p.m. at Atlanta Technical College ACT Testing Center, Building G, Room G1105, 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy, S.W.
Participants should contact AARP Foundation call center at 1-855-850-2525 to register for the local information sessions.
Participants of the AARP’s program to get seniors back to work
The AARP’s jobs program has been expanded to include the following community colleges and workforce investment boards:
1. Alamo Community Colleges (San Antonio, TX)
2. Borough of Manhattan Community College (New York, NY)
3. Atlanta Technical College (Atlanta, GA)
4. Jefferson State College (Birmingham, AL)
Workforce Investment Boards
5. Dallas Workforce Solutions (Dallas, TX)
6. Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (Sacramento, CA)
7. Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp. (Millersville, MD)
8. Workforce Connections (Las Vegas, NV)