- Written by Jessica Riel
- Published: 02 June 2017
While falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injury for people age 65 and older, falls are not an inevitable part of aging. You can learn ways to prevent fall-related injuries.
The 2015 United States of Aging Survey by the National Council on Aging polled older adults about how they are preparing for their later years and found that more than half of those questioned would be interested in the expansion of community-based health promotion programs, including falls prevention classes.
Healthy Living offers a free falls prevention workshop:
“A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls”
Healthy Living, a program of LifePath, offers an evidence-based workshop on maintaining balance, a key component to preventing falls in older adults. You will:
- Reduce your fear of falling while you increase your activity level.
- Learn strategies that improve balance and increase flexibility and strength.
- Set training goals and share practical solutions with other participants.
- Learn to stay safe, active, and independent.
Local volunteer leaders lead groups that meet weekly for several weeks in different communities. Caregivers and loved ones of elders and persons with disabilities are also welcome to attend.
The next free workshop series starts in July!
You can also be trained to become a volunteer Healthy Living Leader and co-lead workshops in your own community. For more information, contact Marcus.