Stepping Safely Through the Seasons: Exploring ‘A Matter of Balance’ Fall Prevention Program

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The Penland Senior Center has become a hub of activity, not only for enjoying the social activities and delicious food, but also for taking proactive steps to ensure the well-being of our senior community. A very special program, “A Matter of Balance,” kicked off on October 5th and will continue to run until October 31, offering participants the knowledge and skills they need to prevent falls and maintain their independence.

Leading the sessions is certified instructor, Marlana Baker, who also serves as the Family and Consumer Science Agent at the Cherokee County Extension. With her extensive background in health and wellness, Marlana ensures that participants receive guidance on fall prevention techniques and exercises that can enhance their stability and confidence.

Moreover, Dana Love, a dedicated volunteer certified in personal training, plays an essential role in assisting the program. Her passion for helping seniors maintain their quality of life shines through as she assists participants in various exercises and discussions during the sessions.

Fall Prevention Class

“A Matter of Balance” is more than just a class; it’s a community effort to promote safety and well-being among our seniors. The program covers a wide range of topics, including:

  1. Understanding the Causes of Falls: Participants gain insights into the common reasons behind falls and identify potential hazards in their living environments.
  2. Enhancing Strength and Balance: Practical exercises are taught to improve strength and balance, reducing the risk of falling.
  3. Setting Realistic Goals: Each participant is encouraged to set personal goals for their own well-being and independence.
  4. Fear Management: Dealing with the fear of falling is essential, and this program addresses those concerns, helping participants regain their confidence.
  5. Home Safety: Participants are educated about home modifications and safety precautions to minimize the risk of falling.
A Matter of Balance Class

If you or someone you know is interested in joining a future offering of  “A Matter of Balance” we encourage you to reach out to Marlana Baker. She can be reached at the following contact information:

Your safety and well-being matter, and this program is an excellent opportunity to take proactive steps to ensure you enjoy this beautiful season and many more to come without the fear of falls. Join us in the quest for safer, healthier, and happier senior living.

A Matter of Balance