ANN ARBOR — The National Institutes of Health say that falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in people 65 and older. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) is hosting four A Matter of Balance workshops online to help older adults reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of those who have concerns about falls. The eight-week workshops meet weekly in-person or over Zoom. Online classes require a computer or other device with internet access and a camera. A meeting link will be sent to registered participants. There is no cost to participate in the workshops but donations are always welcome.
Any adult 65 and older in Michigan can join the workshops. Sponsored by various community partners, A Matter of Balance workshop dates and times are as follows:
Clark East Tower – Zoom video classes
Information Session – Wednesday, September 15, 10:00 to 10:30 am
Eight sessions – Every Tuesday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9
To join, call Denise McKalpain at 734-482-7958
Chelsea Wellness Center – In-person classes
14800 E. Old U.S. 12, MI 48118
Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Eight sessions – October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1
To join, call the Chelsea Wellness Center at 734-214-0220
To register or for more information, call LaShawn Griffin at 800-482-1455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Award-winning A Matter of Balance workshops are led by trained leaders in the community. The goal of the evidence-based program is to reduce fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants engage in group discussion, problem solving, skill building, and assertiveness training. Starting the third week, participants learn simple exercises to increase strength and flexibility and improve range of motion and balance. A Matter of Balance participants also learn to set realistic goals to increase activity and change their environment to reduce fall risk factors. To learn more about A Matter of Balance, visit www.nkfm.org/matterofbalance.
The mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it. The NKFM provides more programs and services to more people in Michigan than any other region or state. For the past 13 years, Charity Navigator — the nation’s leading nonprofit evaluator — has recognized the NKFM with its highest rating of 4 stars for success in sound fiscal management. nkfm.org