Folks At Home To Launch Three New Programs In 2018

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Sewanee, Tennessee– Folks at Home is proud to announce three new programs set to launch in 2018 thanks to generous grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the South Cumberland Community Fund. Folks at Home will also collaborate with Erlanger Health System and many other local organizations in order to provide these new programs.

Walk with Ease on the Mountain is a six week, evidence-based program sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation that has been proven to “reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis, increase balance, strength and walking pace, build confidence in your ability to be physically active, and improve overall health” (Walk With Ease). Each Walk with Ease program lasts for six weeks, in which participants can participate in an instructor-led group setting. Instructors and self-guided books teach exercises that help walkers warm up, stretch, and cool down, and offer walking diaries and workout tips for motivation and accountability. Folks at Home, thanks to the generosity of South Cumberland Community Fund, will offer three to five Walk with Ease classes, titled Walk with Ease on the Mountain, during the prime “walking season,” March through November. We plan to offer classes in several different communities, including Sewanee, Monteagle, and Tracy City and are open to new locations as well.

A Matter of Balance is an evidence-based program created by the National Council on Aging. It focuses on fall prevention and intervention, giving you the tools you need to prevent falls. A Matter of Balance (MOB) is an 8-week structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance. F@H has partnered with Erlanger Health System and 7 volunteer MOB coaches have been trained to teach the courses.

Memory Quilts is an arts program with funding support from the Tennessee Department of Health, the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability and the Tennessee Arts Commission partnership initiative called Creative Aging Tennessee. This course will be will be scheduled in Spring 2018 and taught by Diane Getty, a local professional artist and teacher . This workshop encourages participants to preserve and enhance meaningful mementoes or events in a small quilt format.

For more information about these upcoming programs, please call Folks at Home at (931-598-0303)
Folks at Home is able to host programs thanks to grant funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability and the South Cumberland Community Fund.

Folks at Home is a non-profit organization in Sewanee, Tennessee that coordinates services to empower individuals to live at home with dignity in the community they love.
Kathleen O’Donohue, Executive Director, Folks at Home PO Box 291, Sewanee, TN 37375
(931) 598-0303; folksathomesewanee@gmail.com; folksathome.org

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