Grace Cottage Hospital Offers "A Matter of Balance" Classes for Seniors

If you're worried about the chance of falling and the injuries that could result, you may benefit from a new class at Grace Cottage Hospitalon six Thursdays, beginning April 29, from 1-2:30 p.m.

Research has shown that many seniors are afraid of falling and therefore restrict their social and physical activities. The six-week "A Matter of Balance" program is designed to help participants develop practical strategies to reduce this fear and to increase their activities. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable.

Through instructional videos, group discussion, and exercises, class members develop coping strategies and increase coordination and balance. Participants also learn how to do a home-safety evaluation to help identify places where they may be at risk.

The program was developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University. Research has shown that this class can help participants reduce the likelihood of falling and improve activity levels for up to 12 months after the class.

"A Matter of Balance" is a free program offered through the Grace Cottage Hospital Wellness Program.

The class size is limited to12 participants. Pre-register by Monday, April 26. For more information or to pre-register, call 365-3649.

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