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A Matter of Balance

Managing concerns about falls

Has the fear of falling restricted you from doing things you enjoy?

Have you fallen within the last two years?

If you said yes to any of these questions, Merced County has the perfect class for you, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls. This is an award-winning and evidence-based program that is intended to help aging adults manage falls and increase their level of activity over the course of eight weeks. This program encourages cognitive restructuring so that participants can think positively and view their fear of falling as something that is controllable rather than out of their reach. The goal is to reduce fall risk factors and help aging adults live free of fear from falling.

It is common for older adults to experience a fear of falling, especially if physical activity is not embedded into their daily life. About 50 percent of seniors living on their own have experienced a fear of falling. A Matter of Balance can help reduce this fear and has been proven to decrease the amount of monthly falls in aging adults.

If you are 60 years of age or older and have ever fallen or feared falling, Merced County wants to invite you to attend our program, free of charge. The classes will be held at The Hampshire, 3460 R Street. Merced, CA 95340 at the Adult and Aging Services building. beginning May 6, 2019. They will be held every Monday from 10 a.m. – noon and will continue on for eight weeks.

Seating is limited so make sure to call 354-2525 to reserve a seat today!

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