It is estimated that one-third of adults over the age of 60 and 50 percent of adults over the age of 80 will fall each year. Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. The Eastern Carolina Council Area Agency on Aging partners with regional aging service providers an Evidence-Based Health Promotion program designed to empower older adults to take control over their lives and reduce their fear of falling.
The class, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls, emphasizes practical strategies to reduce and control fear and increase activity levels so that seniors can improve their quality of life and remain independent. Participants learn to set realistic goals, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, learn exercises to increase strength and balance, and are taught how to get up after a fall.
For more information about this program contact:
Human Services Planner/Aging Specialist