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A Matter of Balance: Reducing Risk of Falling

One way to help prevent falls is to participate in a Matter of Balance class, an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.

A class facilitator leads a class with three participants in leg exercises.
Joanna Collins, Matter of Balance class facilitator, leads a class during a past class.
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Do you have concerns about yourself or a loved one falling? Many older adults experience concerns about falling, and restrict their activities to avoid risk.

Crow Wing Energized has partnered with over 10 community partners to provide free falls assessment opportunities to our community.

One way to help prevent falls is to participate in a Matter of Balance class, an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.

Classes are free and occur once a week for eight weeks for two hours each.

Participants will learn to:

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  • View falls as controllable,
  • Set goals for increasing activity,
  • Make changes to reduce fall risks at home,
  • Exercise to increase strength and balance.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone concerned about falls,
  • Anyone interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength,
  • Anyone who has fallen in the past,
  • Anyone who has restricted activities because of falling concerns.

A Matter of Balance Course overview:

Session 1: Course description and fall concerns.

Session 2: Ways to think about falls and importance of recognizing concerns.

Session 3: Effects of physical activity and balance exercises.

Session 4: Physical risk factors and asking for what you need.

Session 5: Action plan for exercise and how to change unhelpful thoughts.

Session 6: Exercises and recognizing and changing Fall-ty habits.

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Session 7: Exercises, common home hazards and creating an action plan.

Session 8: Exercises and create an action plan for a Fall-ty habits.

Upcoming Matter of Balance classes will be in Brainerd and Pequot Lakes.

Brainerd Family YMCA– Wednesdays 2-3:45 p.m. starting Sept. 21-Nov. 9.

Pequot Lakes-City Hall- Wednesdays 1-3 p.m. starting Sept. 28-Nov. 16.

Class size is limited. Register online at www.CrowWingEnergized.org/events or call: Kara Schaefer at 218-454-5901.

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