NORWAY – SeniorsPlus and Healthy Oxford Hills are offering a “Matter of Balance” session for area seniors beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 7. The sessions will be on Tuesdays and Fridays in the Harper Conference Room at Stephens Memorial Hospital.

“A Matter of Balance” is a program that teaches seniors how to reduce their fear of falling.

Using a combination of tools, including videos, discussions and gentle physical exercises, “A Matter of Balance” is designed to change attitudes about falling and improve participants’ strength, flexibility and endurance

For many older adults, falls are among the most serious health hazards they face. In addition to the physical consequences of falls, the fear of falling itself can affect the quality of life for many seniors. The fear can become a self-fulfilling prophecy because when people are afraid of falling, they often do less, so their physical condition deteriorates, making them even more susceptible to falls.

Anyone interested in participating should call Elizabeth Graffam at 743-5933, ext. 775, or e-mail [email protected]

SeniorsPlus, the local Area Agency on Aging, is looking for additional volunteers as class facilitators to teach “A Matter of Balance” classes in other areas. A training session will be scheduled in June. No special skills are necessary although people with experience teaching will find this opportunity to help seniors especially rewarding.

For more information on the volunteer or any other opportunity, call Connie Belaire at SeniorsPlus at 759-4010 or 800-427-1241.

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