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I've fallen and I can't get up!

Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness and actually increase their risk of falls. Champlain Valley Agency on Aging offers a program that can help elders maintain independenceStrong Living. Resistance training helps by increasing strength, muscle mass and bone density (osteoporosis prevention). This research-based program combines balance and flexibility exercises to decrease the likelihood of falls and enhance joint mobility to reduce risk of injury. Exercises are done seated or using a chair for support. Classes are one hour, twice a week for twelve weeks and will be held at the First Congregational Church of Cornwall, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9-10 a.m. Falls are a leading cause of hospital admissions for seniors. More than one-third of seniors fall each year from moving too quickly, tripping over hazards, slipping on wet surfaces, or being unable to safely maneuver stairs and other challenges. If you have fallen recently, are concerned about falls or have been diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis, we can help. For details, contact CVAA's Deborah Roy at 897-5659. Class size is limited so call early to enroll. A medical clearance from a family physician is required to take the class. The session is open to everyone age 40 and over. A suggested donation of $48 is requested to help pay for the cost of the weights. Scholarships are available if participants are unable to make a donation.

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