Decatur Village Graduates a Matter of Balance Class

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The Decatur Village Matter of Balance class recently completed their eight-week program.

The program is approved by the Administration on Aging (AoA) and the National Council on the Aging (NCOA) and hosted by the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc.

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.

The participants attended classes every Thursday for eight weeks.  Graduation was held on April 18 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.

In the back starting from the left are Carol Lowe, Eugenia Olave, Nellie Rutter, Shirley Malasky and Brittany Renaud.

In the front starting from the left are Sue McGonigal, Allen Lumadue and Uyvette Poorman.

Missing from the photo are Vivian Coble, Mary Smith, Mildred O’Connor, Rose Kelly and Lee Cowfer.

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