Funkytown got just a little bit funkier last Friday when the Steppin’ Grannies got to steppin’ at Burnett Park in celebration of 10 years of senior fall prevention.
Their fantastic, flash-mob style performance proved that seniors need not let fear of falling hinder them from living life to the fullest.
While falling is not a normal part of aging, it is the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in older Americans.
That’s why United Way of Tarrant County’s Area Agency on Aging partnered with Sixty & Better, Fort Worth Safe Communities Coalition, AARP Texas and Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. in addition to Tarrant County Public Health, JPS Health Network, UNT Health Science Center, Texas Health Resources, the National Council on Aging (NCOA), and the Falls Free® Coalition to bring the Steppin’ Grannies front and center in the heart of Fort Worth for Fall Prevention Awareness Day.
Strategic partnerships like these have led to the growing success of programs like A Matter of Balance, a proven series of eight free fall-prevention classes that helps participants overcome their fear of falling, increase their strength, flexibility and balance, and protect themselves and recover if they do fall.
According to the United Way of Tarrant County’s 2015/2016 Annual Report, 84% of A Matter of Balance class participants felt better physically and mentally.
So here’s to ten years more of keeping our grannies steppin’!