WATERVILLE — A Matter of Balance, a four-week class planned for 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Muskie Center, 38 Gold St., will begin July 28.

The eight-session program acknowledges the risk of falling and helps older adults learn practical coping strategies to address the risk of falling and their fears. Participants in the program learn: to view falls and fear of falling as controllable; set realistic goals for increasing activity; change their environment to reduce fall risk factors; exercises to increase strength and balance, according to a news release from the center.

The program includes DVDs, lectures, group discussions, mutual problem solving, exercise training and home assignments. Participants can learn to identify safety risks at home, techniques for getting out of a chair or the shower safely and share tips with one another. Participants are encouraged to come up with solutions based upon the information presented in class by problem solving with the other participants. A Matter of Balance helps seniors improve their quality of life and remain independent, while building their strength, stamina and balance.

For more information or to register, contact Jennifer Fortin at 620-1657 or [email protected].

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