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National Council on Aging (NCOA) Honors Move With Balance®

On March 6, 2018 NCOA (National Council on Aging) put out their newsletter on fall prevention. Cynthia Rockey from East Tennessee, a great supporter of Move With Balance®, read through the newsletter in detail and noticed that Move With Balance® was listed under “Testimonials”!

Mentee Dorothy Wall and mentor Maggie Elliot were featured in the article. Here is the link.

Hawaii Resident Keeps Moving for Falls Prevention

We are honored that NCOA chose Move With Balance® as one of the features in “Testimonials”. We are happy that Cynthia Rockey noticed it so that I could send out this newsletter to all of you.

Please send us your photos of Move With Balance so that I can share them in the newsletter and on our website.



Move With Balance® Fundraiser Concert

65 nonprofits, who work with people over 65, have been selected for a 65-hour fundraiser sponsored by Home Instead Foundation. 65 hours = Monday July 11, 7PM—Thursday July 14 12:00PM HST.

Giving Back, our nonprofit organization on Maui since 2000, has created an award-winning program Move With Balance® for elders 65+. We have been selected as one of the 65 nonprofits.

Home Instead will give $10,000 to the nonprofit who has the most donors, and $10,000 to the nonprofit who receives the most donations. We are going after the “most donors” prize!

Simultaneously, during the Home Instead 65 hours, Giving Back is holding a Fundraiser/Concert at the Makawao Union Church Sanctuary on Tuesday July 12 from 5:30—8PM. Bill Fuller is the musician, singer, songwriter, entertainer for the evening. We have all heard his beautiful, heartfelt music over the years. Come and support us while enjoying Bill’s amazing music.

Bill and I have teamed up to create Move With Balance® with Music for Alzheimer’s/Dementia. We have successfully completed 2 programs with great results.

Here’s how you can help:
1. Please blast out the attached flyer to your email list. It would be great to fill the sanctuary for this fundraiser/concert. It will be a fun evening!

2. Admission to Concert:
Please make a tax deductible donation to Move With Balance® on the site. You can either donate on your computer at the GIVE65 site beforehand, and bring your receipt to the concert; OR on our computers as you enter the sanctuary the evening of the concert. $10–20+ suggested donation. You don’t have to be present to donate.

Move With Balance® Fundraiser and Concert
Tuesday July 12, 5:30—8:00PM
Makawao Union Church Sanctuary
1445 Baldwin Avenue

Thank you! Karen “Freesia” Peterson and Bill Fuller

Move With Balance® Goes Statewide in Maryland

We are excited to announce we will be presenting Move With Balance® to the AAA’s (Area Agencies on Aging) statewide in Maryland in November via a web-meetingWe received an email asking us “to share information regarding your innovative and effective program (Move With Balance®) with the other AAAs statewide, and to discuss pertinent policies and share best practices”. Maryland will “utilize Older Americans Act funds (IIID) for Move With Balance® as a highest tier evidence-based program”.

Mutual of America Surprises Us Again!

In 2009 Giving Back was a Merit Finalist for the Community Partnership Award given by Mutual of America from New Your City. They came to Maui, gave a luncheon to honor 60+ important people who were working with Giving Back at that time. They also gave us $15,000 to begin the replication of the Giving Back Fall Prevention Project, which is now named the familiar Move With Balance®.

Thomas Gilliam of Mutual of America visited Maui on January 25, invited us to breakfast to receive a Giving Back update, and gave us a surprise check for $5,000!!

Thank you Thomas and Mutual of America for your continued generosity.

Move With Balance® is Launched Statewide in Arkansas

IMG_1935On January 12, 2016 I heard from the Arkansas Area Agency on Aging. Below are some excerpts:
“We have launched Move with Balance statewide.
Our seniors love this class.  We have one center that had to run  sessions classes per week because they had 75 people coming to class and that was too many to work with at one time.  We currently have Move with Balance being offered in all 8 of our AAA regions and in 90 senior centers to date.” (Photo from the Arkansas training.)

NEWS FLASH !!! Move With Balance is featured in the November 5, 2015 Alzheimer’s Foundation of America newsletter!


Member Spotlight

Move with Balance
Paia, Hawaii

Karen Peterson founded Move with Balance, an exercise program designed to help prevent falls and falls-related injuries in seniors in 2005. Upon receiving a grant from Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Peterson set about creating a version of Move with Balance designed specifically for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

For this program, Move with Balance teamed with Maui Adult Day Care, to recruit 10 seniors who have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia and also recruited 10 loving and compassionate fit seniors to serve as their mentors. Each class begins with a 10-minute icebreaker. Mentees arrive and sit at a coloring table with their mentors participating in activities such as writing with both hands at the same time. This gives mentees a chance to connect with their mentors before heading into the classroom setting for the main program.Terry_Venecia

The mentees feel safe with their mentors and have formed warm and caring relationships. Many recognize their mentors week after week.