A Matter of Balance

— Written By and last updated by Susan Bugg

One in every three adults ages 65 or older falls each year. Additionally, two million adults ages 65 or older are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries each year. These figures reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reflect how falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. As we age, physical changes, health conditions, and even medications can make falls more likely. In fact, the risk of falling increases with each decade of life

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.

Gaston County Extension & Community Association is offering A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls on Monday’s and Friday’s from September 29th through October 24th from 9:30am – 11:30am. The program will be held at the Lucile Tatum Center, located at 959 Osceola St., Gastonia. There is no cost to you. A workbook is provided and refreshments are served. Pre-registration is required by calling 704.865.3291 no later than September 17th.

Linda Minges is a registered dietitian with the N.C. Cooperative Extension (gaston.ces.ncsu.edu) and can be reached for more information on upcoming nutrition classes at 704.922.2127 or linda_minges@ncsu.edu. Contact Linda to learn more about upcoming cooking and canning classes scheduled in September: Cooking with Local Foods: Apples, Field Peas, Onions & Spaghetti Squash – will be held on Sept 16th from 6-8pm or Sept 18th from 10am-12pm. Apple Butter Canning Class – Sept 23rd 6-8:30pm or Sept 25th 10am- 12:30pm. Pre-registration is required for all classes and registration fees apply.

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Photo of Linda MingesLinda MingesExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences (704) 922-2127 linda_minges@ncsu.eduGaston County, North Carolina
Updated on Sep 3, 2014
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