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Springville Concord Elder Network's focus is on health

GET A MOVE ON — SCENe presentor Jerry Czora demonstrates a piece of exercise equipment.
SPRINGVILLE — “Today’s seniors are interested in staying active and alert. Older folks want to be independent, involved and in charge,” said Springville Concord Elder Network Coordinator Virginia Krebs.

As she announced the November lineup of SCENe events, Krebs said that the organization solicits programming ideas from its audience.

According to Krebs, the response to wellness programs such as Tai Chi for falls prevention classes, emergency preparedness and chronic disease self-management courses, were positive.

SCENe will present three events in November, with a focus on senior health.

Jerry Czora and Kim Duke, fitness trainers with Springville Health Center and Gym, will speak about the importance of exercise to maintain function, as individuals age. The trainers will discuss cardiac health, flexibility and bone strength.

On Nov. 8, Community Outreach Counselor Francine Rizzo from the Olmstead Center for Sight will present “Focus on Vision.”

She will discuss diseases of the aging eye, as well as demonstrate visual aids and techniques to assist people with low vision.

On Nov. 15, Bob Velazquez from Erie County Senior Services Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program will provide Medicare information.

HAVE A LOOK — Carol Sullivan and Mary Thomson check out the SCENe speaker display for fall.
The program will include a presentation about how Medicare works. Velazquez will explain changes for 2013. He will remain after the meeting for individual consultations. He asked that participants bring a list of their medications, so he can make accurate recommendations.

Krebs said, “The last time Bob was here, he saved a couple several hundred dollars by recommending a different insurance plan. While this is an exceptional example, it does show that it pays to verify that you are in the right plan for your current medical situation.”

Presentations are held from 1 – 2 p.m. on select Thursdays. The Medicare program will begin at 1:30. Meetings are held in the Concord Town Hall auditorium on Franklin Street in Springville.

The SCENe Speaker Series is free and open to the public. For more information, call the SCENe office at 592-7599.

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