News and Information
February 2 — “Preview” — What is Move With Balance®? Come and learn about this evidence-based, award-winning program. It’s perfect for those of you who want to improve your physical balance, prevent falls, and stimulate your brain to focus better, in a safe and fun atmosphere. We have highly skilled and loving ”mentors” who will work one-on-one with you or your loved one to enhance their well-being. This program is for seniors of all ages and abilities. A new program starts in March. Family Caregivers are invited.
February 24 — “Mentor Training”
March 10–June 2, “10 Week Sessions” (except 3/24, 4/14, 5/26),10 Fridays, 9:15–10:45AM
Department of Health, Pre-Testing March 3 and Post-Testing June 9
Kaunoa Senior Center, Maui
On November 2, 2016 the State of Maryland Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs Manager brought together the statewide network of Maryland AAAs (Area Agencies on Aging) via web-meeting to discuss pertinent policies and also to share best practices. They wanted to know more about Move With Balance®.
The Baltimore County AAA has been implementing Move With Balance® after submitting an application to utilize Older Americans Act funds (IIID) as a highest tier evidence-based program.
The webinar presenters were Karen Peterson and William Fuller of Move With Balance®, Dr. Lorrin Pang and Kristin Mills of the Maui District Health Office of the Hawaii State Department of Health, and Donna Bilz of the Baltimore County AAA.
The webinar will be available to share with all of you in a few weeks, by January 2017.
The webinar covers:
Move With Balance®: the vision, implementation, innovative activities, music, training videos, training manuals, web support;
Maui District Health Office: the evidence-based evaluation published in the Hawaii Journal of Medicine and Public Health, current evaluations, Cost/Benefit analysis;
Baltimore County AAA: overview of Move With Balance®.
Move With Balance® at the AARP Hawaii Caregiver Conference
Saturday, October 29, 2016, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Marriot Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach 650 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, Kauai’i
Hundreds of people on Kauai are helping older loved ones to live independently in their own homes. Get connected to information and resources to help you care for family or plan for the future.
Prepare to Care and Manage Complex Change Patricia Bemis, RN
Modifying Your Home for Aging in Place Curt Kiriu, CAPS
Move With Balance® Rachelle Bachran, Public Health Educator
Legal Issues for Caregivers Michael Ratcliffe, Attorney at Law
Here the participants at an adult day care center in Portugal are joining with us for the “Gandhi Farewell”. It is a poem from Gandhi that we have been doing at the end of every Move With Balance® class for the past 10 + years. It involves call and response, plus other movements. In 2014 Bill Fuller, our musician, wrote original music for the poem, which, of course, makes the whole experience more beautiful. At the end of class, we all hold hands in a loving circle. (The song is available on this website, the movements are in our book on page 68.)
Here the participants are following the movements and responding to our original song “I Am Love” available on our website.
Everyone was so open, receptive, and loving, including the staff and participants. When you have clear movements and music, you really don’t need many words. They truly got our message of love.
Move With Balance® with Music
at Kaunoa Senior Center, Maui
September 2 —
Mentor training for new mentors; seasoned mentors can come, too. 9:30—10:30AM+
September 9 —
Department of Health pre-testing for mentees
September 16—December 9 —
Move With Balance® with Music classes for 10-weeks (off October 7, November 11 and November 25)
For mentors, mentees, and family caregivers
December 16 — Department of Health post-testing for mentees
If you have friends, neighbors, or family who might benefit from this Move With Balance® with Music class, please let us know. The cost is $60, which includes the book “Move With Balance®: Healthy Aging Activities for Brain and Body” (a $35 value). We encourage family caregivers. NO charge for family caregivers.
If you have already taken the class, you are welcome to sign up again.
Stay in touch and visit the website often to learn the latest news. www.MoveWithBalance.org
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. www.MoveWithBalance.org
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 www.give65.org/givingback 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
Last week Bill Fuller, our musician, and I were in Costco. All of the sudden a women gave us a huge smile, and then a huge hug, and then another huge hug. My mind was sorting through the various elders I have worked with over the years, and then I remembered her from a Move With Balance® with Music for Alzheimer’s/Dementia that we taught a year ago, June 2015. We remembered her, but the amazing thing is that she REMEMBERED us. We were warned that our clients would not remember us from week to week. But we knew they did, as each week they came into class and sang and responded to Bill’s original songs. What a truly amazing and lovely surprise that she remembered us a year later! Maybe not who we were exactly, but she remembered our deep, and loving connection.
NEW YORK (April 25, 2016) — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), a non-profit organization founded to fill the gap that existed on a national level, assuring quality of care and excellence in service to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses and to their caregivers and families, awarded one of its Spring 2016 Bi-Annual Grants to Giving Back, an outstanding non-profit member organization in Paia, Hawaii, that shares AFA’s mission of providing optimal care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, and their families.
The $5,000 grant enables Giving Back to continue to develop and enhance educational and support services, and support families in need in their communities. The grants are a critical funding source for grassroots organizations, which play a pivotal role in their communities.
Giving Back’s mission is to prevent injuries from falls, and enhance cognitive functions among the elderly. The organization does this by employing fit elders as mentors to more frail elders, practicing exercises together in a safe, loving environment as part of their Move with Balance program. To find out more about the program, you can visit them at www.movewithbalance.org.
“AFA strongly believes in helping grassroots organizations in local communities in order to improve quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their families,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., president and CEO of AFA. “The organizations that were selected for these grants have demonstrated to be a remarkable resource for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. The grant will allow Giving Back to develop a model for dementia and Alzheimer’s clients, and individualizing the program for the mentees. I congratulate Giving Back, and encourage them to keep up the great work.”
“We are thrilled to receive this funding from AFA. We plan to get our innovative Alzheimer/Dementia curricula and original music available on our website, and ready for national distribution,” said Karen Peterson, executive director of Giving Back.
“Besides each Alzheimer’s mentee having their own mentor, we include family caregiver(s) in our program by having them attend the classes with the mentees. We have found they DO the exercises between classes, and the results show. We are encouraging the whole family be involved, including children.”
Angie, Director of Senior Center Services, Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas has this to say about Move With Balance®. She is advising a senior who is about to join the program:
“I would recommend that you actually go in and participate in a class instead of just watch. It is an amazing program and as soon as you see it, trust me, you are going to want to participate. Why not join in right from the beginning! I cannot say enough about the Move with Balance Program”.
I have been a Move with Balance group leader since 2014. I work for the Town of Hempstead, NY in various senior centers and they supplied me with your book.I find it helpful to review the videos for nuances in how to demonstrate or cues to use when presenting the material. At times I have come back to the web site to check for any new material.
I was able to take a few pictures of my Move with Balance class. I only offer Move with Balance once a week at the Westbury Senior Center. They are very appreciative and often share how much better they feel after the Move with Balance classes.
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”.
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.
On 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.)