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Managing Concerns About Falls

April 16, 2018 / Managing Concerns About Falls

VINCENNES, Ind. - A free, eight-week workshop focusing on “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls” will be offered by Generations, a program of Vincennes University’s Community Services area.

Sessions will take place on Mondays, April 23 through June 18, 1-3 p.m. (EDT), at the Good Samaritan Hospital Cancer Pavilion. Pre-registration is required for the program, which is limited to 15 people. A workbook will be provided and refreshments will be available served.

Interested persons may register by calling Mary Pargin, 812-885-3793. For more information about A Matter of Balance, or to host a workshop, contact Alma Kramer, 812-888-4527 or akramer@vinu.edu.

FEAR OF FALLING

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.

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