RIO GRANDE — Could you or someone you know benefit from helpful hints about preventing falls? Have you or someone you know turned down a chance to go out with family and friends because of a concern about falling? Have you or someone you know become afraid of a favorite activity due to a fear of falling?
If so, there is a program offered locally through the Area Agency on Aging District 7 that is specifically designed to help with these and other similar concerns.
The program, “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls,” is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants in the class 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. Attending classes can help improve quality of life and independence.
In a study of participants after six months following the A Matter of Balance program, 97 percent are more comfortable talking about their fear of falling; 97 percent feel comfortable with increasing their activity level; 99 percent plan to continue exercising; and 98 percent would recommend A Matter of Balance.
The Gallia County Health Department will be hosting the class that will begin in Gallipolis on July 7h. Classes will be 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays beginning July 7 to Aug. 25. Classes will be at the Gallia County Health Department, 499 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis.
People who are interested in participating in the upcoming A Matter of Balance series in Gallipolis, call the AAA7 at 1-800-582-7277, Carla Cox (extension 284) or Breanna Williams (extension 247). Class size is limited, so if you or someone you know is interested, call soon to reserve your spot. Registration deadline is July 5. For those who register, anyone who attends at least five classes will be entered into a drawing for a gift card at a nationally know retailer.