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Senior Wellness: Fall prevention balance program

As we age, balance and falling become a bigger issue. Several agencies are working to help prevent falls for older adults.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Falling as a toddler when we are first learning to walk isn't usually a major problem. We flop down and pop right back up. There really isn't that far to fall and we aren't especially susceptible to damage at that age. As we age however, a fall becomes a bigger issue.

Falls are a major problem for older adults, which is why the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan and Calving College Rehabilitation Services have teamed up on a balance program for those that are aging in the community. They are providing free balance screenings and educational classes to improve balance and reduce the risk of falls.

The program is possible with the help of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

A Matter of Balance is an evidence based program created at Boston University. The program has been seen to increase a person's confidence and physical strength through mental and physical activities. Most importantly, it is proven to reduce falls.

For more information on the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, you can follow the link and they can help connect you to services you may need. One of those services may be Calvin College Rehabilitation Services.

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