Have you turned down a chance 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.
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, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends. “A Matter of Balance” can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent.
“A Matter of Balance” is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.
Texas AgriLife Extension Service is offering “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls” on May 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Classes will be held twice a week for four weeks for two hours each at the Clay County Memorial Hospital Community Room. There is no fee for the classes but there is a limit of 12. A workbook is provided and refreshments are served.
To register please contact Sherri Halsell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Clay County agent at (940) 538-5042, or Phillis Kennedy, Clay County Memorial Hospital Activities Director, at (940) 538-5621 for more information.