Free Aultman program can reduce falls risk

Free Aultman program can reduce falls risk
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Aultman Trauma Services will offer a free program called Matter of Balance to help older adults reduce the risk of falls and increase activity levels.

                        

Aultman Trauma Services will offer a free community program called Matter of Balance to help reduce the risk of falls and increase activity levels among older adults.

Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater.

The Matter of Balance program includes eight two-hour sessions for a small group, led by a trained facilitator, to help participants view falls as controllable. Participants will learn to recognize and address many factors in their life and lifestyle that may increase their risk of falling. Through group discussion, problem-solving activities, assertiveness training, exercise and skill building, they will be empowered to take steps to become more active without the fear of falling.

The program is designed to benefit those who have concerns about falling; those who have fallen in the past; those who are interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength; and those who have restricted activities due to concerns of falling.

The program will begin March 11 and run through April 29. Classes will be held every Monday from 10 a.m. to noon at North Canton Medical Center, Entrance A, 6046 Whipple Ave. NW, North Canton. Registration is required and must be completed by Thursday, Feb. 29. Email or call Lori Leonard at lori.leonard@aultman.com or 330-363-6186.


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