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"A Matter of Balance" Offered in Sparta
Release Date: June 28, 2011

"A Matter of Balance" Offered in Sparta

(Sparta, NJ) 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.

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 consists of eight (8) weekly sessions that are facilitated by pairs of trained volunteer coaches.

The Sussex County Department Human Services, Division of Senior Services is sponsoring "A Matter of Balance" at Sparta Health and Wellness, (Cancer Center Conference Room), 89 Sparta Avenue, Sparta, NJ, on Wednesdays, July 13, 2011 - August 31, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Contact the Sussex County Department of Human Services, Division of Senior Services at 973-579-0555 or seniorservices@sussex.nj.us for additional information or to register for the program.

A program of the Department of Human Services, Stephen R. Gruchacz, Administrator, Division of Senior Services, One Spring Street, Newton, N.J. 07860 Office Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Phone 973-579-0555 Fax 973-579-0550 seniorservices@sussex.nj.us
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