Project Enhance News: MARCH 2024

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Click here: Survey Opportunity – Preparing for the National Fall Prevention Plan Update

The National Council on Aging is planning a National Falls Prevention Summit, bringing together stakeholders to update the 2015 National Falls Prevention Action Plan. The event (by invitation only) is scheduled for September 2024 in Arlington, VA, and is funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living. NCOA is inviting key stakeholders like all of you to complete a survey aimed at capturing progress, gaps, and opportunities regarding older adult falls risk, falls, and fall-related injuries. The results of this survey will be used to inform the National Falls Prevention Summit agenda and build a foundation for updating the National Falls Prevention Action Plan.

The deadline for completing the survey is Wednesday, March 27, 2024.

The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. The anonymized, aggregate results will be shared with survey respondents who choose to share their contact information in the survey. Questions? Contact Emily Nabors at NCOA.


Sharing Improved Health Outcomes and Increased Health Spans

Spring In-Person Meeting Opportunities:

Let’s Connect! Reach out to us at projectenhance@soundgenerations.org


EnhanceFitness Strengthens Instructors Too!

From Mary Holland Branning, EF Instructor, Maryland:

“Testimonial to the importance of our EnhanceFitness Classes. ME! I had a total left hip replacement yesterday. I have been an EF instructor in two local senior centers since 2018, teaching back to back classes each 3x per week. I’m 65.

THIS is why we teach it, and why our participants need it so badly. I am using EVERY upper body muscle we work on to push out of the chair to use the walker. I am engaging my core, proper posture before I attempt to stand to take added pressure off of the legs to totally support me. Then before I sit down as well. The leg work has kept me strong and the doctor is very pleased at the strength in my legs previous to the surgery and says it will in no small way enhance my recovery.

I’m doing everything I ‘harp on’ in class over and over again, regarding the importance of staying strong overall. It has definitely reinforced this for me in these last 24 hours.

I can’t wait to get back to my classes to share this personal journey. I have wonderful participants including my 86 year old mom!

Thank you EnhanceFitness for keeping me strong, and enabling me to share this imperative program with my senior community.”

THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STORY, MARY!

Mary Holland Branning’s EnhanceFitness class in Maryland

Attention Licensed Social Workers!

Sound Generation’s Elder Education Institute is now able to offer national CEUs to licensed social workers for SOME workshops through the National Association of Social Workers.

The morning session of the April 10, 2023 workshop “Decisional Capacity in Older Adults: Testing and Other Assessment Tools” with Karin Taifour, MA, LMHC, GMHS is approved for 3 CEs from the National Association of Social Workers.

Register today!

For more information, contact Alison Laird Craig


Project Enhance “Recommended Reads”: Our MARCH List

Getting Active Outdoors in March

The Health Promotion Research Center is one of our favorite places to visit at the University of Washington in Seattle, but the 29 iconic Yoshino Cherry Trees are right up there too! Cherry trees on the Seattle campus are waking up and getting ready to say hello. The UW maintains a visitors’ website dedicated to the school’s cherry blossoms, providing tips for getting to campus, and maximizing the tree-viewing experience.

What do you love about Spring in your Community?


March is National Nutrition Month

Throughout March, celebrate #NationalNutritionMonth by going Beyond the Table!

Dive into the farm-to-fork aspect of nutrition, and explore the various ways and places we eat at eatright.org’s National Nutrition Month page.

Social media graphics and messages available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Hindi, and Arabic for your participants!

How are nutrition and health promotion providers working together in your community? Share what you are doing with us at projectenhance@soundgenerations.org


The Enhance Program Resource Portal

Expanded program resources are available to licensed EF and EW Affiliates and active EF instructors

“I feel so happy I’ve met [my EW Coach], can talk with her, and that I have her to go through my challenges with me. I feel less alone.” – EW Participant

NEW for EF Affiliate and Instructors: Health History self-reported disability options expanded as of January 2024 and are now available in the Online Data Entry System (ODES) and forms packet available in the EF Affiliate Portal.

REMINDER: Interactive online training has allowed us to restructure the Year One EF Licensing fee: Organizations can launch at a significantly reduced rate!

All manuals can now be printed directly from the EF and EW Affiliate portals. Instructor and Coach candidates should have a hard copy of the manual prior to Day 1 of training.

To access the resource pages, please contact us at projectenhance@soundgenerations.org to request your account.


REMINDER! Pay invoices any time—day, night or weekends!

Project Enhance invoices can now be paid by credit card online through a secure web portal.

The link to the payment portal is included in the email sent with each invoice and on the invoice PDF itself. You can also find it on our website under Contact Us.


Project Enhance Team Update:

We are short staffed and responses from Project Enhance team members may be delayed. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Let us help you build your capacity to reach more people and improve lives. Join upcoming EF Trainings and EW Trainings or contact projectenhance@soundgenerations.org to schedule yours today!