Mizzou receives $500,000 for fall prevention programs
Funding will help provide strength training programs to 6,000 older adults throughout Missouri
University of Missouri Extension received $500,000 to expand fall prevention programs — “Stay Strong, Stay Healthy”, “Tai Chi for Arthritis Prevention” and “A Matter of Balance.” The programs will help 6,000 older adults decrease their fear of falling, build muscle and increase bone density. Photo courtesy of MU College of Human Environmental Sciences.
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Story posted: Sept. 24, 2018
By: Sheena Rice
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COLUMBIA, Mo. – “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” Older viewers will remember the commercial that’s often cited as an example of frailty, but falls are no laughing matter, especially for older adults.
Now, University of Missouri Extension faculty, in partnership with Oasis Lifelong Adventure St. Louis, are leading a team of professionals across the state to help 6,000 older adults decrease their fear of falling, build muscle and increase bone density. The team recently received a grant of more than $500,000 from the Administration for Community Living to expand their fall prevention programs — “Stay Strong, Stay Healthy”, “Tai Chi for Arthritis Prevention” and “A Matter of Balance.”