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A Matter of Balance

exercise & wellness
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Tuesday, Mar 19 1:30PM - 3:30PM EDT


Classes will meet at Generations Ashe Senior Center: 180 Chattyrob Lane, West Jefferson, NC 28694.  To register, call (336) 246-4347.

Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. A Matter of Balance is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.
This course will be offered for a total of 8 sessions. Participants are encouraged to attend at least 5 of the sessions in order to experience the benefits.
Who should attend A Matter of Balance Program?

The program was designed to benefit older adults who:
  • Are concerned about falls
  • Have sustained falls in the past
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength
  • Are age 60 or older, community-dwelling and able to problem solve
What are the components of A Matter of Balance?

A Matter of Balance uses a variety of activities to address the fear of falling and teach fall prevention strategies.  Activities include group discussion, problem-solving, skill-building, assertiveness training, videos and exercise training.  Participants receive a workbook to use during the sessions, and to keep as a reference when the class is over.
  • A Matter of Balance community classes can be offered both in-person and virtually.
  • The in-person A Matter of Balance includes 8 two-hour sessions.
  • The virtual A Matter of Balance includes 9 two-hour sessions.
  • Both the in-person and virtual sessions are led by two trained facilitators for a small group of 8-12 participants.
Participants learn to…

The program enables participants to achieve significant goals.  They gain confidence by learning to:
  • View falls as controllable
  • Set goals for increasing activity
  • Identify common factors that contribute to falls
  • Make changes to reduce fall risk at home
  • Exercise to increase strength and balance

Online registration for this event closed on March 13, 2024.

Online registration for this event has closed. Please call High Country Council of Governments at (828) 265-5434 if you’d like to register or be added to the waiting list.