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Health Care

December Health Meeting

The Health Committee will meet on December 13th at 10:30am in the Swanker Conference Room in the main branch of the Schenectady Library to continue preparation for the concurrence meeting on Death with Dignity legislation planned or January 10th. The committee is studying the pros and cons and will get ready to present material.

November Health Meeting

The Health Committee will be studying a proposed concurrence on Death With Dignity legislation modeled after a position taken by the League of Women Voters of Utah.

The League will hold a Concurrence meeting on January 10th to present information and to take a vote to either accept or reject the position. Time and location TBD.

The committee will meet next on November 7th at 10:30 am at Proctors Arcade. Contact Carol Furman, if you would like to be involved with this study.

More information about the concurrence.

Falls Prevention Project

The Health Committee has facilitated three meetings of a Falls Prevention Workgroup made up of area organizations that provide services to seniors as part of a collaboration with Schenectady Coalition For a Healthy Community. Work towards the goal of reducing falls among seniors that results in injury and death is being encouraged and supported by the NYS Department of Health.

This year the State Health Department is funding some free training for providers, for programs for increasing balance and strengthening and other interventions to help seniors remain active and in the community as they age.

The Workgroup is focused on increasing the number of persons trained to provide successful falls prevention programs and the access to those programs. In addition, the group would like to identify what resources the County has for both prevention programs and home modification services.

If you are interested in working with the Health Committee on this project, contact Carol Furman, 346-2746.