Fall Prevention Workshop Coming to Cherryville September 2019

— Written By
participants of Matter of Balance workshop held in Stanley North Carolina during 2019

Matter of Balance Workshop held in Stanley NC during 2019

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.

Where: Cherryville Library – 605 E. Main St., Cherryville, NC
When: Wednesdays, September 4 – October 23 2019
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cost: No cost to you! (Program valued over $800)
Instructors: Farrell Breithaupt and Pamela Myers
RSVP: Registration required by August 23 by contacting:  Cherryville Library – 704.435.6767

One out of three adults age 65 and older 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 N.C. Cooperative Extension and Gaston County Adult Services beginning in July. This program is provided at no cost to participants and valued at 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 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.”

Need a ride to this workshop?  If you are currently registered to ride ACCESS through the Senior Transportation program at DSS, you can make an appointment with ACCESS for this workshop. If you are not currently riding ACCESS and are at least 60 years old, call 704.862.7540 to enroll in Senior Transportation.