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Park Vista Sets Dates for Project Vibe, Needs Volunteers

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Ohio Living Park Vista and Youngstown State University are partnering on a research initiative called Project Vibe for the second consecutive year.

Project Vibe (Valley Initiative to promote Balance among the Elderly) is a research and community service effort to promote balance and reduce fall risks among Mahoning Valley residents age 65 and up.

“Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults which is a major threat to independence and leads to costly health care,” said Tiffany Hughes, assistant professor of gerontology at YSU. “Project Vibe helps to better understand who is at risk and raises awareness about fall prevention.”

In April 2017, a group of 52 volunteers answered basic questions relating to balance and falls and underwent individual balance assessments. The information was used to examine the prevalence of and factors leading to falls and the impact falls have on health. The volunteers will be evaluated yearly to check for any changes as well as discussing whether there were any falls in the past 12 months.

“The Project Vibe assessment gives older adults’ feedback about their fall risk that can be shared with their health care team as well as important fall prevention information, all of which is free to the participant,” said Hughes.

In an effort to expand the project, coordinators are again searching for volunteers.

Assessments will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 9, 13, 23 and 27, at Ohio Living Park Vista. Participants must be age 65 or older and register in advance.

For more information or to register for an appointment, call 330 746 2944, ext. 1553.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.