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Los Angeles Jewish Home Institutes New Fall Prevention Program With Jewish Community Foundation Grant
Date:6/16/2008

RESEDA, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The famed nonprofit Los Angeles Jewish Home announced today the implementation of a fall prevention and fitness program designed to address one of the major health challenges faced by seniors. The program is funded by the Jewish Community Foundation, the largest manager of charitable assets for Jewish philanthropists in greater Los Angeles.

The new fall prevention and fitness program becomes part of the care the Home provides to all its residents and includes fall risk assessments, environmental assessments, a comprehensive fitness program and individualized care plans. "This program follows the Jewish Home's philosophy of providing a 'holistic' approach to healthcare," said Molly Forrest, president and chief executive officer. "It's part of our desire to take care of the whole person with an awareness of the body, mind and spirit. All of these are essential to good health and well-being."

Falls are a serious public health problem among older adults and are the leading cause of injury for people 65 or older. More than one-third of adults aged 65 years or older fall each year, and older adults are hospitalized for fall-related injuries five times more often than they are for injuries from other causes. Of those who fall, 20 percent to 30 percent suffer moderate to severe injuries that reduce mobility and independence.

As a way to minimize the risk of falling, the Home's new fitness program focuses on weight training, balance, posture and safety techniques. The program also incorporates nutritional guidance, emotional support, motivational and self-esteem encouragement, and breathing techniques.

Group classes in movement and exercise are conducted daily, with individualized activities and attention. The final component to the holistic exercise program is weight loss. Overweight issues impact the joints, knees and back and therefore negatively affect stability and balance. The program was instituted following an initial study at the Home in which participants showed dramatic improvement in their fall risk scores.

This past March, as part of the Home's efforts to promote health and fitness for residents and staff, the Jewish Home sponsored a health and fitness day on the Grancell Village campus. Activities throughout the day were geared toward health, fitness and sports. Meals promoted healthy choices and positive nutrition. The fitness instructor discussed all group and individual options at the fitness center and residents participated in a morning T'ai Chi class along with Jewish Home employees.

Established in 1954, the Jewish Community Foundation is the largest manager of charitable assets and the leader in planned giving solutions for greater Los Angeles Jewish philanthropists. The Foundation currently manages assets of more than $790 million and ranks among the ten largest Los Angeles foundations (based on assets). In 2007, the Foundation and its 1,200-plus donors distributed $77 million in grants to more than 1,700 organizations with programs that span the range of philanthropic giving.

Founded in 1912, the world-renowned Los Angeles Jewish Home is one of the foremost multi-level senior-living communities in the United States and the largest single-source provider of senior housing in Los Angeles. In total, the Home annually serves more than 1,700 seniors through our extraordinary continuum of services. Each year, more than 1,200 women and men are cared for in-residence on two village campuses, with services including independent- living "Neighborhood Home" accommodations, residential care, skilled nursing care, behavioral health care, Alzheimer's disease and dementia care. Another 500 seniors are served through the Home's community-based programs, which include Skirball Hospice and community clinics. The Home is a nonprofit organization that relies upon donations from individuals, corporations and foundations to continue its remarkable work.

Further information regarding the Home can be found online at http://www.jha.org or by calling 818-757-4407.


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