According to the Center for Disease Control, one out of every four adults in the United States aged 65 or older suffers a fall each year. While this statistic is alarming, it is reassuring to know that many falls are predictable and preventable.

Education and activity are essential components of preventing falls, particularly as we age. Knowing how to build balance, strength, stamina and coordination is key.

A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls. Sponsored by Yavapai Regional Medical Center and Area Agency on Aging NACOG, the class allows you to safely increase your activity level so you can enjoy life without the fear of falling. A new A Matter of Balance session begins March 6th. There are eight, two-hour sessions, led by trained facilitators.

The class is ideal for anyone who is concerned about falls and wants to improve their balance, flexibility and strength. Those who have fallen in the past, as well as anyone who has restricted their activities because of falling concerns will also benefit. You will learn to:

  • view falls as controllable
  • set goals for increasing activity
  • make changes to reduce fall risks at home
  • exercise to increase strength and balance

The class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 6th through March 29th, from 3 PM to 5 PM at the YRMC Wellness/Pendleton Center, 930 Division Street in Prescott. For more information or to register, please call (928) 771-5794.