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After ringing in the new decade, Wellness Place is starting 2020 with a new vision, including exciting changes and additions to the organization. Moving forward, Wellness Place will focus their primary efforts on providing cancer support resources to the communities of North Central Washington.

To support this renewed vision, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce a new home for the healthy aging programs, S.A.I.L. (Stay Active and Independent for Life) and Matter of Balance. These vital and vibrant healthy aging programs will transition to the capable leadership of Erin Cass, Master Trainer and owner of Healthy Aging, LLC.

S.A.I.L is a strength, balance and fitness evidence based program for adults 65 and older. Performing exercises that improve strength, balance and fitness is the single most important activity adults can do to stay active and reduce their chances of falling. Please visit for more information about the S.A.I.L program, classes, instructor
trainings and more.

Wellness Place Board Secretary and S.A.I.L Master Trainer Linette Gahringer, Wellness Place Board Secretary and S.A.I.L Master says “I am thrilled knowing the SAIL and Matter of Balance programs will continue under the enthusiastic and conscientious leadership of Erin Cass! I’m honored to continue working with Erin as a Master Trainer and look forward to a very bright future for evidenced based healthy aging programs in our communities.”

With the primary focus of cancer support and services, Wellness Place will implement additional cancer support groups and educational classes. The Board of Directors and staff are currently finalizing their 2020 planning and will release updated programming information throughout the year.

“In the past few months we have welcomed suggestions from Confluence Health, our supporter and partner, and listened to the needs of cancer patients in our community to plan our new programs,” said Executive Director Julie Lindholm.

One of the anticipated new programs currently in the planning state is a Young Adult Cancer Support Group. “We have had an increase in younger adults diagnosed with cancer in our service area, and at Wellness Place we recognize the need for cancer education and fellowship in this age group.”

Wellness Place is grateful for the opportunity to support the vulnerable community members in Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties, and looks forward to assisting cancer patients and their families/support systems in navigating their journey.

“Here at Wellness Place, we witness every single day that cancer does not discriminate; not based on age, race, income or status. We embrace the need for additional cancer programs, and we are excited to implement these programs in 2020,” said Lindholm.


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