Beginning July 7th in Gallipolis
Could you or someone you know benefit from helpful hints about preventing falls? Have you or someone you know turned down a chance to go out with family and friends because of a concern about falling? Have you or someone you know become afraid of a favorite activity due to a fear of falling? If so, there is a program offered locally through the Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) that is specifically designed to help with these and other similar concerns.
The program, “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls,” is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants in the class 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. Attending classes can help improve quality of life and independence.
In a study of participants after six months following the A Matter of Balance program, 97 percent are more comfortable talking about their fear of falling; 97 percent feel comfortable with increasing their activity level; 99 percent plan to continue exercising; and 98 percent would recommend A Matter of Balance.
The Gallia County Health Department will be hosting the class that will begin in Gallipolis on July 7th. Classes will be held from 10:00 am until 12 Noon on Thursdays July 7th through August 25th. Classes will be held at the Gallia County Health Department, located at 499 Jackson Pike in Gallipolis.
If you are interested in participating in the upcoming A Matter of Balance series in Gallipolis, call the AAA7 at 1-800-582-7277 – Carla Cox (extension 284) or Breanna Williams (extension 247). Class size is limited, so if you or someone you know is interested, please call soon to reserve your spot. Registration deadline is July 5th. For those who register, anyone who attends at least five classes will be entered into a drawing for a Wal-Mart gift card.
Your local Area Agency on Aging District 7 provides services on a non-discriminatory basis. These services are available to help older adults and those with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes through services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, other federal and state resources, as well as private pay. The AAA7’s Resource Center is also available to anyone in the community looking for information or assistance with long-term care options. Available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, the Resource Center is a valuable contact for learning more about options and what programs and services are available for assistance.