Could you or someone you know benefit from helpful hints about preventing falls? Have you or someone you know turned down a chance to go out with family and friends because of a concern about falling? Have you or someone you know become afraid of a favorite activity due to a fear of falling? If so, there is a program now offered locally that is specifically designed to help with these and other similar concerns. Thanks to a partnership with the Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7), local coaches are now trained to offer this program in Gallia County to those who are interested.
The program, “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls,” is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants in the class learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. Attending classes can help improve quality of life and independence.
In a study of participants after six months following the A Matter of Balance program, 97 percent are more comfortable talking about their fear of falling; 97 percent feel comfortable with increasing their activity level; 99 percent plan to continue exercising; and 98 percent would recommend A Matter of Balance.
Holzer Assisted Living will be hosting the class that will begin in Gallipolis on March 30th. Classes will be held from 9:30 am until 11:30 am on Wednesdays and Fridays from March 30th through April 22nd. Classes will be held at Holzer Assisted Living, located at 300 Briarwood Drive in Gallipolis.
If you are interested in participating in the upcoming A Matter of Balance series in Gallipolis, please call Breanna Williams at the AAA7 at 1-800-582-7277, extension 22247. Class size is limited, so if you or someone you know is interested, please call soon to reserve your spot. Registration deadline is March 25th.
Your local Area Agency on Aging District 7 provides services on a non-discriminatory basis. These services are available to help older adults and those with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes through services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, other federal and state resources, as well as private pay. The AAA7’s Resource Center is also available to anyone in the community looking for information or assistance with long-term care options. Available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, the Resource Center is a valuable contact for learning more about options and what programs and services are available for assistance.
The 8th Annual Southeast Ohio Tourism and Business Expo will take place on March 5, 2016 at the University of Rio Grande, Lyne Center.
A great event for all ages, the Expo gives exhibitors the opportunity to showcase travel, historic and business destinations from all over the region and connect one-on-one with the general public.
Gallia County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director Amanda Crouse said the Southeast Ohio Tourism and Business Expo is beneficial to both Gallia County and the surrounding region.
“It’s a great networking opportunity that gives the exhibitors the opportunity to market themselves and magnify their exposure to the public. By working with surrounding communities, Southeastern Ohio is stronger as a whole, which directly benefits our individual counties,” said Crouse. “It also educates the community members about what their area has to offer, not only in their backyard, but all across the region.”
Exhibitors signed up for the 2016 event include attractions and businesses from both Ohio and West Virginia. Two new counties to sign on are Belmont and Carroll counties in Ohio.
Last year, the GCCVB, who has successfully organized the event for the past seven years, partnered with the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce to add a business aspect to the Expo.
“We are excited to be a part of this event. We wholeheartedly believe it will be a great opportunity for our local and regional businesses to promote themselves to potential customers. We hope to see the Expo grow and expand in the coming years,” said Chamber Executive Director Michelle Miller.
The Southeast Ohio Tourism and Business Expo will take place Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Rio Grande, Lyne Center, 218 N. College Avenue, Rio Grande, Ohio 45674. Admission is free.
Scheduled exhibitors are: Gallia County Chamber of Commerce, Colony Club, Chester Shade Historical Association, Meigs County Tourism, Mason County Tourism, Raccoon Creek Water Trail Association, Gallipolis in Bloom, Hocking Hills Moonshine, Gallia County Conservation Club, Hampton Inn – Gallipolis, Gallipolis Career College, Kelly Logan – Origami Owl, Abbyshire Place, Vinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Gallia County Artisan Market & Studio, Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau, Belmont County Tourism, University of Rio Grande & Rio Grande Community College, A Pup and a Cup Tea Company, Pike County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Once Again Consignment, Rio Valley Stables, Chris Rathburn - DreamTrips, Tandy Flint – Pink Zebra, Moose Hollar Noshuns, Jackson County Genealogy OGS, Emancipation Celebration Committee, Rio Tomato, Bossard Memorial Library, Gallipolis in Lights, LuLaRoe Linds, Just Fired Ceramics, Cadot-Blessing Camp #126, Cambridge – Guernsey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Carroll County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Super 8 Motel – Gallipolis, the Gallia County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Gayle Roy, Servpro and Morgan’s Raid & Battle of Bluffington Island Committee.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to see what the Southeast Ohio region has to offer!
The 2nd Annual Gallipolis St. Patrick’s Day Cultural Parade will return to Gallipolis on Saturday, March 12, 2016. In addition to the parade, a Cultural Festival is also planned in the Gallipolis City Park. The Festival will feature a variety of local and area businesses, organizations and attractions, as well as live music, a bounce house and concessions.
Vendors scheduled include: The Artisan Shoppe, Kang’s Tae Kwon Do, Courtney B. Designs and Melodic Grove Dairy Goats, Momma Duck Creations, Rio Grande Bookstore, LuLaRoe Linds Johnson, Hawthorn by Heather Cooper, stained glass and needle felting by Tracy and Rachelle, Silver Bridge Bruisers, TASC of Southeast Ohio, Dancing Leaf Woman by Pam Conley and Paparazzi Jewelry.
The Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is still time to register as a vendor!
You can also download the parade registration form, by clicking here.
The Parade will take place at 1 p.m.