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Worried About Falling? A Matter Of Balance Course Offered

Submitted by Grace Cottage Hospital

If you are worried about the chance of falling and the injuries that could result, you may benefit from a new class starting soon at Grace Cottage Hospital.

The class will be held on eight Wednesdays, from September 23 to November 11, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Research has shown that many seniors are afraid of falling and therefore restrict their social and physical activities.

The eight-week "A Matter of Balance" program is designed to help participants develop practical strategies to reduce this fear and increase activity levels.

Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable. The program uses instructional videos, group discussion, and exercises to help class members develop coping strategies and increase coordination and balance.

Participants also learn how to do a home safety evaluation that can help them identify places in their home where they may be at risk.

The class helps with setting realistic goals to increase activity, changing the environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercising safely to increase strength and balance.

Research has shown that this class can help participants to be less likely to fall and to have improved activity levels up to 12 months after the class.

"A Matter of Balance" is a free program offered through the Grace Cottage Hospital Wellness Program. The group will be led by Grace Cottage Occupational Therapists Wendy Stone and Jennifer Studin and Grace Cottage Physical Therapy Assistants Pam Coburn and Dawn Franceschetti.

The class size is limited to12 participants; please pre-register by Monday, September 21.

For more information or to pre-register, call 365-3649.

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