Could you or someone you know benefit from helpful hints about preventing falls? Have you or someone you know turned down a chance to go out with family and friends because of a concern about falling? Have you or someone you know become afraid of a favorite activity due to a fear of falling? If so, there is a program offered locally through the Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) that is specifically designed to help with these and other similar concerns.
The program, “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls,” is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants in the class learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. Attending classes can help improve quality of life and independence…and, there is no charge to attend!
In a study of participants after six months following the A Matter of Balance program, 97 percent are more comfortable talking about their fear of falling; 97 percent feel comfortable with increasing their activity level; 99 percent plan to continue exercising; and 98 percent would recommend A Matter of Balance.
Upcoming classes in Ross County will be held at Hopeton Terrace, located at 55 Sunrush Boulevard in Chillicothe. Sessions will be held from 9:00 am until 11:00 am Thursdays and Fridays from October 11th until November 2nd.
If you are interested in participating in the upcoming A Matter of Balance series in Chillicothe, call the AAA7 at 1-800-582-7277 – Carla Cox (extension 284). Class size is limited, so if you or someone you know is interested, please call soon to reserve your spot. Registration deadline is October 4th.