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.
Friends of Community Fitness, located at 31 High Street in Guilford, is offering A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 to 2 PM beginning on Tuesday, October 7th. The Program cost is $10 and scholarships are available. A workbook is provided and refreshments are served.
The course is part of a grant received many years ago from the Agency on Aging through Healthy Maine Partnerships and is offered once or twice a year. Please call Gayle Worden at 207-876-4813 to register or for more information.