Growing old has its challenges but knowing how to grow old gracefully can help enhance a person’s life. That’s where Oasis Albuquerque’s Helping Elders Achieve Long-Term Health (HEALTH) program comes into play.
“We are all about healthy or successful aging,” said Kathleen Raskob, the executive director of Oasis Albuquerque. “We do that through lifelong learning or continuing education.”
The nonprofit organization received a $38,250 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico’s (BCBSNM) Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® initiative. The grant supports the HEALTH program’s Foot Care Clinic, Aging Mastery Program (AMP) and A Matter of Balance.
“Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico is proud to be a longstanding supporter of Oasis Albuquerque, which shares our commitment to help older adults in New Mexico lead healthy and active lives,” said BCBSNM President Janice Torrez.
The Foot Care Clinic makes nearly 300 appointments available for nail trimming services. Healthy toenails can prevent falls, foot pain, ingrown nails and infections. “Feet are obviously an important part of our bodies. We all have to keep them in good shape to allow us to comfortably walk,” said Dr. Janet Simon, a podiatric surgery specialist who tends to older adults at the Foot Care Clinic.
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The AMP Program is Oasis Albuquerque’s new initiative, which was developed by the National Council on Aging. The 10-week program brings in experts to cover a variety of topics, such as wellness information on sleep, medication management, living wills and finances.
The grant also supports A Matter of Balance, an eight-week program tailored to identify and modify the risk of falls for adults who feel their balance isn’t what it used to be. The program offers activities designed to help strengthen and maintain equilibrium.
“Thank you, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, for believing in Oasis and all that we do,” said Raskob. “We are so grateful.”