A Matter of Balance Workshop coming to Stanley

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Graduates from A Matter of Balance held at the Cherryville Branch Library in May 2018.

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.

One out of three adults age 65 and better fall each year. As we age, we can develop a fear of falling. This fear can result in a decrease in physical activity and lead to increased isolation. Studies show 30% of individuals who fall suffers injuries that decrease mobility and independence and result in high medical costs. The National Council on Aging reported the total cost of fall injuries in 2013 was $34 billion with 78% being paid by Medicare.

Now is the time to take control by learning how to prevent falls and to manage falls that may happen. A Matter of Balance, a national program sponsored by Centralina Area Agency on Aging, will be offered by Gaston Co. Adult Services, Gaston Co. Senior Center, and NC Cooperative beginning in July. This program is provided at no cost to participants and valued a more than $800. You will learn how to make changes to reduce fall risks at home, view falls as controllable, increase physical activity, increase strength and balance, problem solve, and set goals. If you are concerned about falls or have fallen in the past – this program is for you!

A Matter of Balance can help older adults improve their quality of life and remain independent. “This program makes such a difference in the lives of workshop participants,” says Linda J. Minges, a program instructor, “the fear of falling could actually lead to a fall because that fear limits activities, causes difficult emotions and leads to isolation, which can lead to poor balance and weakness.”

 A Matter of Balance will be held at the Stanley Branch Library, located at 205 N. Peterson St., Stanley, NC. There is no cost to you. A workbook is provided and refreshments are served. Pre-registration is required by calling the Stanley Branch Library at 704. 263.4166 or email Michelle Osborne by July 2. This program is supported by Centralina Area Agency on Aging.