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"A Matter of Balance" Offered in Newton
Release Date: October 01, 2012

"A Matter of Balance" Offered in Newton

(Newton, 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, remain independent and may also help to reduce the number of unnecessary emergency room visits as well as hospitalizations.

"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 of Human Services, Division of Senior Services is sponsoring "A Matter of Balance" on Fridays, October 5, 2012 thru November 9, 2012, from 1p.m.-3 p.m., at the Sussex County Main Library, 125 Morris Turnpike, Newton, NJ 07860. Contact the Sussex County Department of Human Services, Division of Senior Services at 973-579-0555 extension 1281 or seniorservices@sussex.nj.us for additional information or to register for the program.

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