Last updated: December 17. 2013 1:25PM - 405 Views
By Sharon Smith

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Every year, one in three Americans aged 65-plus falls. Every 29 minutes, an older adult dies following a fall. Falls are the leading cause of injury death for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs.

However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through evidence-based interventions, practical lifestyle adjustments, and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced.

If you have an aging parent, grandparent, or neighbor in your life, helping them reduce their risk of falling is a great way to help them stay healthy and independent as long as possible. The Preble County Council on Aging offers A Matter of Balance classes.

A Matter of Balance is an evidence-based program, specifically designed to reduce the fear of falling, stop the falling cycle, and increase activity levels among older adults (physical inactivity is cited as a significant risk for falls and fall-related injuries in older adults). Participants learn to set realistic goals in increased activity, and change their environments to reduce fall risk factors. They learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. The class is recommended for both men and women.

The classes are held two hours a day, one day a week, for an 8-week period. The cost is $10 per person for the 16 hours of instruction. We are now taking registrations for classes in 2014. Call the Senior Center at 937-456-4947 for more information, or to make a reservation.

The Preble County Council on Aging received a grant from the Del-Mar Healthcare Fund through the Dayton Foundation enabling two members of our staff to be trained as Master Trainers in this program. Since 1921 the Dayton Foundation has been helping people help others in the Dayton community and beyond. More information about the Dayton Foundation is available at www.daytonfoundation.org.

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