Central Crossing to offer in-depth class on preventing falls
'Matter of Balance' to offer practical, interactive instruction
The Central Crossing Senior Center will be offering a A Matter of Balance, a new workshop to help seniors and at-risk individuals prevent falls, overcome fears, build strength, balance and take charge of their surroundings.
The class, which consists of eight, two-hour sessions, offers practical education on falls, with an in-depth look at what causes them, mindsets and fears about falling, and consists of interactive instruction on what can be done to prevent falls. Exercises targeted to build strength and balance will also be discussed.
The class will be taught by Sara Patterson, Central Crossing administrator, and Marisa Andrews, Nixa Senior Center administrator.
"The first two classes will be an orientation," Patterson said. "In session three, we will have exercise, and will talk about what do you think about when you fall, and how to check your surroundings to make sure you don't fall."
Patterson said they will also be teaching individuals how to be assertive and ask for help when needed.
"Basically, we will tell you how to make your house a fall-free place," she said. "It makes you more aware of what you're doing."
According to Jeff Harp, chief publicity officer for the Central Crossing Senior Center, up to 30 percent of adults in local communities fall each year, and about 20 percent of falls cause physical injury, some of which are a leading cause of injury and even death for older adults.
Harp provided additional statistics on falls:
* About one-half to two-thirds of falls occur around the home
* A majority of falls occur during routine activities
* Falls aren't typically caused by just one issue, but a combination of things
* A large portion of falls are preventable
There is no cost for the workshop, but registration is required and class size is limited to 12. To sign up, call the center at 417-858-6952. The workshop will be held on April 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28, from 9-11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Central Crossing Senior Center, which is located at 20801 YY 15 in Shell Knob. All participants will receive a workbook, and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, people may call the center at 417-858-6952.
The Cassville Senior Center hosts a class to prevent falls once each quarter, and plans to hold their next class again in June.