A “Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls” class will be offered in April through Grinnell Regional Public Health. This program is designed to reduce concerns about falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls.
This program offers ways to improve balance, flexibility, and strength. After the six weekly sessions, participants will learn a combination of techniques to build their strength and confidence. The class will be offered on Wednesdays, from April 2 to May 21, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Mayflower Community, Montgomery Lounge, 616 Broad St, Grinnell. The program was developed through Boston University with support from the National Institute of Aging.
“We will teach exercises to participants to improve strength, flexibility, and endurance,” says Patty Hinrichs, RN, director of public health and one of the instructors. “It also focuses on reducing the fear of falling. Participants will learn techniques for what to do if they do happen to fall. They will learn to set realistic goals, make changes to reduce fall risks, and how to view falls as controllable.”
After a fall, many older adults fear going out. This program identifies ways that adults can continue to get out socially and for physical activity in a safe manner.
“We want people safe without having to change their lifestyle or activity level,” Hinrichs says. “What we know about falls is that 30 percent of community dwelling adults fall each year and 20 percent of falls cause physical injury. A large portion of falls are preventable.”
For more information or to register call Grinnell Regional Public Health at 641-236-2385. A $15 fee is assessed.