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Black Forest AARP: Health and inspiration

The large assembly of AARP Chapter 1100 members and guests were inspired by an informative April meeting in Black Forest. †As usual, the meeting started off with a†delicious potluck lunch.† † † † †Afterward, the chapter recognized Linda Siebe for her exceptional service in the community over the past†year. Patricia Dix, chapter vice president, presented the letter of congratulations, signed in†Washington DC by the AARP chief executive officer, Jo Ann Jenkins. The letter cited the ways in which Lindaís efforts have made the†community a better place to live.†Additionally, she received a certificate of†authentication and a distinctive lapel pin.† † † † †Lori Morgan, MS, and a paramedic from the Colorado Springs UC Health organization, was the feature speaker for the meeting. Lori, a trauma outreach and injury prevention specialist, presented a program on how to prevent falls; outlining things seniors can, and should, do to increase their strength and balance†and reduce their chances of falling. She emphasized that ìfallingî is not predetermined among seniors. To illustrate, Lori led everyone through easy standing and sitting†exercises that will help avoid age-related instability, which can lead to falls. She showed the group the correct way to walk, especially in snow or on ice, to reduce the chances of slipping and†falling. She also discussed several local resources that provide available strength and balance classes. Lori†fielded questions from the audience and then handed out several useful items, including a Senior Home Safety†Checklist. †Those interested in learning more about her classes can reach Lori Morgan at†719-365-2872.Next, Rich Crawford presented information on the plan for the Black Forest 4.77-acre park.†Rich described the work currently in†process, the projects for the next scheduled workday and the established three-year plan to make the park†a reality.†He also called for volunteers. Adults of all ages are needed, and those interested can contact Rich at 719-495-4468.To top the day off, the ladies who wore funny ìEaster Bonnetsî were brought to the front of the room.†The group voted for the best bonnet, and winner Bev Schaab received a free pie donated by†the Village Inn.During the business meeting, Pat Dix reminded everyone of the need for volunteers for†the June 10 free shredding event and the Senior Expo June 24. †She also announced that the May 10†chapter meeting will feature a program on energy conservation by Mountain View Electric.For more information on the activities of the Black Forest AARP Chapter, call Pat at 719-481-5347 or†check out the chapter web site at

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