Extension to host program for older adults
Falling is not a normal part of getting older. While older adults may be more prone to falling, there are things which can be done to be pro-active and prevent it. These involve identifying causes of falls and taking steps to make a change.
To help older adults take this pro-active step, A Matter of Balance classes start Monday, Oct, 1. A Matter of Balance is an eight-session program meeting from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays through Oct. 24. Sessions will be at Colorado Plains Medical Center in Fort Morgan.
A Matter of Balance uses group discussion, problem-solving strategies, and simple balance and flexibility exercises to help older adults develop positive coping skills to prevent falling. The exercises are designed for nearly any individual including those who need the assistance of a walker.
As a result of this program, older adults take action for making changes in their physical environment as well as their mental attitude, therefore reducing the risk for falling. In most cases, this allows them to remain active and live independently.
A Matter of Balance is provided by Colorado State University Extension in Morgan County at no cost because of funding from Northeast Colorado Area Agency on Aging.
To register for the class starting Oct. 1, call Colorado State University Extension in Morgan County at 970-542-3540. The class is limited to 12 individuals who are committed to attend all eight sessions.