Monday, May 20, the White Rock Senior Center will host a course titled, “A Matter of Balance.”
The evidence-based program is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. The class includes; eight two-hour sessions, led by Master Trainers. The team includes; Maria Francis, Sharon Tolleson and Judith Rhodes.
The program is designed for adults age 60 and older who may be concerned about falls, have sustained falls in the past, restrict activities because of concerns about falling or for those who just want to improve their flexibility, balance and strength.
Los Alamos and Retired Senior Organization (LARSO) memberships for adults 60 and over are free and includes the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos and the White Rock Senior Center.
A suggested donation for this course is optional for LARSO members.
Falls are the leading cause of accidental injury death among adults 65 years of age and older in the United States. New Mexico ranks 1.7 x higher than the national average according to the Matter of Balance team. Their program enables participants to achieve significant goals and gain confidence by learning to; view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risk at home and exercise to increase strength and balance.
A Matter of Balance is a program of the New Mexico Department of Health and there are more than 160 coaches in 21 counties in New Mexico. It also is offered in 41 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.
The classes at the White Rock Senior Center are 2-4 p.m., Mondays, May 20 to June 17. Additional information is available by calling 505.672.2034. Learn more about the centers at www.losalamosseniorcenters.com.