Balance class to be held

Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall? If so, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program for you.

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. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends. A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent.

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.

UPCAP/U.P. Area Agency on Aging will be offering an eight week Matter of Balance class on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. beginning on April 5 and ending May 24, 2017. The class will be held at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 1000 Quincy Street, Hancock. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required.  For more information or to register, please visit or dial 2-1-1.