The Washington Times-Herald

September 17, 2013

Preventing falls class offered

By Lindsay Owens
Times Herald

---- — LOOGOOTEE — Older adults will have the opportunity to learn how to manage the odds of falling and increase their activity levels beginning Thursday at Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. The class, called “A Matter of Balance” is an award winning program that will be taught by Dodie Uhl, a master trainer for the program and the Dubois County AngelWorx Coordinator.

“A Matter of Balance is a class that can help a person learn more about exercises to improve their strength and balance,” said Uhl.

Uhl said that exercise is one of the most important ways to prevent falling.”Regular physical activity strengthens muscles, enhances balance and improves flexibility and endurance,” said Uhl.

“This class is very good because it talks about fall prevention and not limiting your activities because you are scared of falling,” said Kim Fields, Daviess and Martin Co. AngelWorx Coordinator. “There are also exercises that help you become stronger so you won’t fall.”

The class, which meets for eight weeks, will last two hours per session. There is no cost to participate and the class is limited to 12 participants. “The class is both helpful and rewarding too,” said Fields.

Each session will use group discussion, problem solving strategies, videos and gentle physical exercise.

Participants in the class will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. “The program is evidence based and is designed to decreased the fear of falling,” said Uhl.

Uhl said the goal of the class is for older adults to learn positive coping methods to reduce the fear of falling and remain active and independent.

“The class is always fun for the participants and refreshments are served,” said Uhl.

For more information or to enroll in the program, contact Generations at 1-800-742-9002.

— By Lindsay Owens of the Times-Herald