Matter of Balance class counters fear of falling

Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall? If so, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program for you.

Mid Coast Hospital and Wiscasset Community Center are offering A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls on Mondays and Wednesdays, March 11 through April 3, from 10 a.m. to NOON, at Wiscasset Community Center located at 242 Gardiner Road in Wiscasset.

Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends. A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent.

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants 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.

The program fee is $15.00. A workbook, refreshments, and many additional resources will be provided during the class series.

To find out more or to register, call the Wiscasset Community Center at (207)-882-8230.