'A Matter of Balance' program offered in Newport

Beginning Monday, July 8, the Newport 60+ Activity Center will be offering a free, 8-week wellness program designed specifically to help older adults find new levels of confidence as they go about their daily lives.

Are you missing out?  Have you lost opportunities to spend time with family and friends because of concerns about falling? Do you spend less time enjoying your favorite activities because you fear you might fall? If so, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls can help you get back to the people and pastimes you care about.

It only makes sense to be concerned about falling, but letting the fear of falling hold you back from active living is even more dangerous.  Limiting your activities leads to increased physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater, and increased isolation and depression can result from limiting interactions with your family and friends. The strategies taught in A Matter of Balance will improve one’s quality of life and help them stay independent.

Through this program, the instructor will help participants reduce their fear and increase their activity levels. They will learn how to change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, to set realistic goals to increase activity and learn simple exercises to increase their strength and balance.

Classes will be held each Monday from July 8 through Aug. 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., in the downstairs education room at the Newport 60+ Center, located at 20 SE Second St. Class size is limited. To sign up, people can call 541-265-9617, stop by the center, or go online at www.newportoregon.gov/sc.


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