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Grant Opportunity Now Available

WIHA is accepting proposals for two-year mini-grants to implement or expand delivery of Stepping On OR Living Well and/or Healthy Living with Diabetes (both English and Spanish).  Eligible applicants are Wisconsin county/tribal aging units, single or multiple county/tribal Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) and public health agencies; non-profit senior centers or community...

WIHA Debuts New Stepping On Video

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Falls are not a normal part of aging - seniors can take action to prevent falls.

Falls prevention advocate builds awareness -- and strength.

Strengthening body and building awareness make falls prevention a life-changing pursuit   Kathryn Bowen’s life gives her lots of reasons to stay on her toes – but caring for her granddaughter is the biggest one.  “Her toys are everywhere,” Kathryn admits with a wry chuckle.  “I really have to work to keep them picked up!”   Like many...

History of Falling Increases Crash Risk for Older Drivers

New partnership promotes safety and mobility by preventing falls   MADISON, Wisc. (Dec. 5, 2016) – A recent study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that seniors and their families should view falls as a possible early indicator of risk behind the wheel. According to the research, older drivers with a history of falling are 40 percent more likely to be involved...

Coming Home to Caregiving - Holiday Trips Often Reveal Challenges Facing Older Loved Ones

Being a family caregiver is rewarding, but it can be stressful, too.  When a loved one lives far away, caregivers face even more challenges.  A trip home for the holidays may reveal the first clues that older relatives or parents are struggling with day-to-day tasks. Your mom may have projected a cheerful voice over the phone - but you find a different story when she greets you at...

Clear Answers are Key To Improving Health Outcomes

Have you ever been to the doctor ...    and left the office without any idea what he said?   Have you ever read the instructions on your prescription ...    and still not understood how to take it?  Have you ever avoided asking your doctor to repeat an instruction ...    because you were afraid she would question your memory?  Are...

WIHA Joins State and National Efforts to Battle Growing Falls Epidemic

Front row, left to right, Betsy Abramson (WIHA), Erin Parker (CDC), Kathryn Bowen (Peer Leader), Anne Hvizdak (WI-DHS), Shannon Myers (WIHA).  Back row, left to right: Chuck Warzecha (WI-DHS), State Senator Luther Olsen (14th District), Becky Turpin (UW-Health), Dr. Kathleen Walsh (UW School of Medicine), Hilary Eiring (CDC) WIHA joined state and national partners...

Stepping On. A Few Small Steps. A Great Big Difference.

It can happen in a dimly lit hall, or on an icy driveway – places where anyone, any age, might miss a step or lose traction. Suddenly, the ground under your feet disappears, and for a few heart-stopping moments the world is spinning as you fall. Seconds later you land, and realize the pain you feel means something is really wrong - and you don't have a way to get help.   April...

Senators Olsen & Erpenbach Receive Healthy Aging Star Award

Pictured (left to right): Janet Zander (GWAAR), Edie Felts-Podoll (program volunteer), Senator Luther Olsen, Betsy Abramson (WIHA Executive Director) Pictured (left to right): Ashley Hillman (Safe Communities-Madison/Dane County), Esther Olsen (Dane County Area Agency on Aging), Senator Jon Erpenbach, Betsy...