First Matter of Balance Class Graduates

Pictured, in the front row, are: Charlotte Crain, Alice Clark and Patricia Rodgers. In the back row are: Rebecca Graves, occupational therapist, Janet Medzie, Sally Round, Arlene Hurtack, Sue McLaren and Bobbie Johnson, facilitator. (Provided photo)

CLEARFIELD – The first Matter of Balance class from the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc. recently completed their eight-week program.

The program is approved by the Administration on Aging (AoA) and the National Council on the Aging (NCOA).

An award-winning program, A Matter of Balance (MOB) acknowledges the risk of falling but emphasizes practical coping strategies to reduce this fear.

They include promoting a view of falls and fear of falling as controllable, setting realistic goals for increasing activity, changing the environment to reduce fall risk factors and promoting exercise to increase strength and balance.

The program is designed to benefit community-dwelling older adults who are concerned about falls, have sustained a fall in the past, restrict activities because of concerns about falling, are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength and are age 60 or older, ambulatory and able to problem-solve.

Classes were held at the Hyde Wesleyan Church, 1215 Riverview Rd., Clearfield.  The participants attended classes every Thursday for eight weeks.

Graduation was held on Aug. 9 with a ceremony of healthy snacks and certificates.  The graduates enjoyed their time together and also made new friends.

For information on upcoming classes, please contact the CCAAA at 814-765-2696.

Programs and services of the agency are funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc., Mature Resources Foundation and local and consumer contributions.

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