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Missouri Extension gets grant to expand programs for elderly

September 30, 2018

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A new federal grant will allow University of Missouri Extension to provide strength training and other programs to help older adults to live independently and reduce their fear of falling.

The $500,000 grant is from the Administration for Community Living, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It will help about 6,000 Missourians.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the university will work with Oasis Lifelong Adventure St. Louis, to expand the current programs to prevent fall.

Marshall Stewart, vice chancellor for extension and engagement, said research has shown that regular strength training helps build muscle and increases bone density, which is crucial to preventing falls in older adults.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com

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