Do you have concerns about falling? MU Extension to offer program to reduce fear

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Many older adults have concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to help reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falling.

This program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Participants will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce falls at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. A Matter of Balance is designed to benefit community-living older adults who are concerned about falls, have sustained a fall in the past, restrict activities because of concerns about falling, are interested in improving flexibility, balance, and strength, and are age 60 or older, ambulatory and able to problem solve.

A Matter of Balance is being offered in Marshall at The Living Center, 2503 Linden Tree Parkway, from 9-11 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays during September (excluding Labor Day). The dates are Sept. 2, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30. The eight sessions will be presented by University of Missouri Extension specialists Trish Savage, family financial education specialist, and Sarah Traub, human development and family science specialist.

To register for the class, call the Saline County Extension Office at 660-886-6908 by noon on Sept. 1 to attend. There is a registration fee for the class. If you have any questions, call the Saline County Extension Office or email Trish Savage at

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