Helping Older Adults Stay Strong and Independent
FEATURED PARTNER: Upper Valley Community Nursing Project
The Upper Valley Community Nursing Project helps elders receive continuity of care and remain independent—at home and in their community.
Their goal is to add a health professional to the informal network of volunteers already providing care for elders, and to facilitate the placement of a nurse in a community to address non-acute needs of elders at home.
Since early in 2017, the Public Health Council has partnered with the Upper Valley Community Nursing Project by serving as their fiscal sponsor and helping to promote their work. To learn more, visit the UVCNP website.
Older Adult Programs and News
Aging in Community Quarterly Forum
In communities across our region, people are coming together to provide support to friends and neighbors facing challenges with transportation, household chores, isolation, and other tasks of daily life. Each community provides its own blend of services and works in its own way. Together, these groups are building a critical local safety net for older adults who want to remain living in their own communities as they age.
The Public Health Council hosts quarterly meetings designed with and for these Aging in Community volunteer groups. These forums provide an opportunity for community groups to share their successes and challenges. They learn about helpful resources for training and developing services. They increase their knowledge of issues facing older adults, like fraud, depression, and services available through partner agencies. To learn more about community groups and the Aging in Community Quarterly Forum, contact Alice Ely.
Preventing Older Adult Falls
Since 2015, multiple partners around the Upper Valley have been offering more and better programs to reduce falls among older adults.
Education and Strength Building: Numerous senior centers, health centers, and recreation programs offer evidence-based falls prevention programs like Matter of Balance and Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance.
Screening: Numerous organizations and community nurses now offer fall screenings in convenient locations around the region, giving older adults valuable information about their risks and how to reduce their risks.
For an interactive map of screening, education, strength building programs, as well as stories about some of the falls prevention work ongoing in the region, look for the Falls Prevention Overview page at the Community Health Hub website.
To better understand the impact of older adult falls in Grafton County, the Public Health Council prepared a data brief on the topic in 2015. The data laid the groundwork for later work to build more programs and resources in the region. This work was funded by the NH Division of Public Health Services. Click on image to view data brief.