Reduce Your Risk Of Falls With "A Matter Of Balance"

For all too many older adults, the fear of falling leads them to unduly limit their physical activity. Unfortunately, this tendency leads to some undesirable results. The more people restrict their activities, the weaker they become. This, in turn, leads to an increased risk of falls. There is now a better way of reducing the risk of falls, while also increasing personal activity.

The Lakewood Division of Aging and Fairhill Partners will be offering an award-winning fall prevention program, “A Matter of Balance” at the Lawther Senior Center. This eight-week course is designed to manage falls and increase activity levels of at-risk older adults. This is accomplished by teaching practical strategies to manage falls. The goals of “A Matter of Balance” are to help people to view falls as controllable, to increase physical activity, to make lifestyle changes that will reduce the risk of falls and to encourage exercises that will increase flexibility, strength and balance.

If you are concerned about falls; if you are interested in improving balance and strength; if you have fallen in the past; or if you have limited your activities because of a fear of falling, this class is for you. “A Matter of Balance” will be held on eight consecutive Mondays, beginning March 5, 2018, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The class will be offered at the Division of Aging’s Lawther Center, 16024 Madison Ave. Transportation is available for Lakewood residents, sixty years of age or older. This class is free, but reservations are requested. Call the Activities Office at 216-529-5005 to make your reservation, or for more information.

Barry Wemyss

I am the Volunteer Services Supervisor for the City of Lakewod, Department of Human Services, Division Of Aging. I am a Lakewood residen.

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Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 12:12 PM, 02.20.2018