‘Safety Dance' Radio Program For Seniors


Learn how to avoid common accidents with lessons from "Safety Dance," a new radio series, premiering at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 1 on Sun Sounds of Arizona.

"Safety Dance" is a new radio series, featuring information and advice from local safety experts about simple things people can do to avoid common accidents, with special tips for people living with visual disabilities.

One of those safety experts and the host of "Safety Dance" is Michael Bryant, who thinks safety is more than common sense. He advises listeners that, "Injury prevention is like dancing. It takes a little practice to be good at it."

Bryant is a 13-year safety veteran with technical expertise in employee health, safety and environmental stewardship. "With my experience as a Safety Professional... this program was a natural fit."

Listeners can tune into "Safety Dance" at 10 a.m. Saturdays and at 3 a.m. Sundays by logging onto sunsounds.org or by calling Sun Sounds for a special radio, which it provides on loan, free of charge, to eligible listeners. If you choose to log on and listen, call Sun Sounds at (928) 779-1775 to get a program schedule and other information.

Each of the first 13 episodes feature 30 minutes of tips and advice many people can apply right away. Among the specific topics covered on Safety Dance are: How to prevent drowning, falls, poisonings, fire, burns, elderly abuse and domestic violence; how to improve stairwells, bathroom space, furniture placement, and lighting; and how to keep safe from intruders, traffic hazards, ATM theft, crowds, sensory overload and sensory isolation.

"Safety Dance falls right in line with our programming mission," says Andrea Pasqaule, Sun Sounds Tempe programming manager. "We strive to give listeners information they can use to maintain their independence and improve the quality of their lives."

"Safety Dance" experts launching the series include, Pamela W. Goslarr, Ph.D., the lead epidemiologist for St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Captain Jay Arthur of the Phoenix Fire Department and Mark Yoshimura of the Arizona Policing Institute.

"Safety Dance" is a presentation of Sun Sounds of Arizona, sponsored by a grant from Catholic Healthcare West, administered by St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.

There are two possible ways where seniors in Payson may be able to get this radio series.

First, anyone can access the show via the Web site, sunsounds.org.

If you can access 93.5 or 91.5 on an FM radio, then the specialized radio the Sun Sounds sends will be able to pick up the broadcast.

About Sun Sounds of Arizona

Sun Sounds of Arizona, established in 1979, is a radio reading and audio information access service for people who find it difficult or impossible to read print because of a disability or medical condition. It is a community outreach service with more than 500 volunteers, which is part of Rio Salado College and KJZZ.

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