SEARHC offers free WELL-Balanced class in Sitka

March 25 2014

SITKA — Just in time to help elders dance at Celebration, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Health Promotion department is hosting a WELL-Balanced class, which helps elders enhance their quality of life and remain independent by helping them become stronger and improve their balance.

Wise Elders Living Longer (WELL-Balanced) will be offered from 2-3:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Community Health Services first floor conference room, 1212 Seward Ave., starting on Monday, April 7. This is for any elder who wants to reduce their risk of falling and find ways to remain independent.

Kanaaldutaas, Moriah Mathson, will lead the 16 sessions over eight weeks. Participants will have some fun, increase their level of exercise, improve their physical strength, and gain confidence about managing the risk of falling. Tools to help manage diabetes, arthritis and hypertension also are included.

Falling is the most common and serious risk facing Native elders. The fear of falling can cause elders to limit their activity, which can lead to a decline in health and the loss of independence. WELL-Balanced is specifically designed to help elders reduce their risk of falling. Participants will receive a free biometric screening (blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol), fall risk screening and learn ways to reduce their chance of falling.

WELL-Balanced was created by the National Resource Center on Native American Aging at the University of North Dakota. More than 300 Native tribes worked with the center to complete community assessments of health status, chronic disease, functional limitation, access to health care, risk factors, home/community based services, housing and social interaction. WELL-Balanced was created to address problems identified in these community assessments.

To sign up for WELL-Balanced, or to get more information, contact Renae Mathson at 966-8797 or email