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Tai Chi for fall prevention.

PUTNEY >> Beginning Jan. 8, Putney Cares and Putney Family Services will be hosting a 10-week series of Tai Chi, guided by Kate Roome, certified instructor with the Vermont Tai Chi Fall Prevention Program.

Every year, one third of people over the age of 65 will suffer a serious fall. The Center for Disease Control recommends Tai Chi as an exercise form that addresses falls prevention. Strength, flexibility, and balance are all increased with regular practice of Tai Chi. The class will teach a short form that is easy to learn, relaxing, and fun.

The Putney Cares Activity Barn is located at 54 Kimball Hill. The cost for the series is $50. To register, Email putneycares@svcable.net or call 802-387-5593.

Brattleboro Area Hospice receives grant

BRATTLEBORO >> Brattleboro Area Hospice was the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Crosby-Gannett Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation. The grant will support Taking Steps Brattleboro, a community-based initiative intended to achieve a significant increase in the numbers of people in the Brattleboro area who have completed the advance care planning process.

Taking Steps Brattleboro reaches into the community through partnerships, community outreach and education to encourage and support all to complete and register advance directive documents in the interest of better end of life care and support. Many people know they need to complete advance directives, but they put it off. If a serious illness or accident leaves one unable to communicate, an advance directive becomes their voice. It tells loved ones and healthcare providers what that person would want. An advance directive is a gift for loved ones. It prevents people from the heart-rending burden of having to second-guess their loved one's wishes.

In addition to community outreach and education, Taking Steps Brattleboro trains volunteers to support and guide people through the process of advance care planning. This is a free service to all members of the community.


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