Have you turned down an invitation to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall? If so, "A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls" is a program for you.
One out of three adults age 65 or older fall each year. As we age, we can develop a fear of falling. This fear can result in a decrease in physical activity and lead to increased isolation. Studies show 30 percent of individuals who fall suffer injuries that decrease mobility and independence and result in high medical costs. The National Council on Aging reported the total cost of fall injuries in 2013 was $34 billion with 78 percent being paid by Medicare.
Now is the time to take control by learning how to prevent falls and to manage falls that may happen. “A Matter of Balance” a national program sponsored by Centralina Area Agency on Aging, will be offered by NC Cooperative Extension and Gaston County Extension & Community Association (ECA) beginning in May. This program is provided at no cost.
Participants will learn how to make changes to reduce fall risks at home, view falls as controllable, increase physical activity, increase strength and balance, problem solve, and set goals.
“A Matter of Balance” can help older adults improve their quality of life and remain independent.
“This program makes such a difference in the lives of workshop participants,” says Linda J. Minges, a program instructor, “the fear of falling could actually lead to a fall because that fear limits activities, causes difficult emotions and leads to isolation, which can lead to poor balance and weakness.”
“A Matter of Balance” program will be held at the Citizens Resource Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Highway, Dallas. Classes are scheduled for Mondays and Thursdays, May 21 through June 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. There is no cost to participate in this program, but pre-registration is required.
Contact Linda J. Minges, NC Cooperative Extension by May 15 to pre-register. Register by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 704-922-2127. Limited seating.