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Classes to Help Improve Balance, Avoid Falls Set At Bishop’s Commons

OSWEGO – Certified Instructors at Bishop’s Commons in Oswego will lead a six-week class designed to help participants improve their balance and avoid falls.

6 Steps To Better Balance program class instructor Norene Powers (left) and instructor Cheryl Cullinan (right) lead Mary Smith through one of the exercises that will be part of the upcoming “6 Steps To better Balance” classes taking place at Bishop’s Commons.
6 Steps To Better Balance program class instructor Norene Powers (left) and instructor Cheryl Cullinan (right) lead Mary Smith through one of the exercises that will be part of the upcoming “6 Steps To better Balance” classes taking place at Bishop’s Commons.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention notes that one out of three older adults (aged 65 or older) experiences a fall each year.

Falls are a leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries and many may be preventable.

To help address this problem locally, Bishop’s Commons is hosting a “6 Steps To Better Balance” class; a six-step approach to Better Balance developed by Betty Perkins-Carpenter, Ph.D., Senior Fitness Productions.

The Six-Step Balance System is a powerful yet simple program. The program is designed to help individuals prevent falls by practicing and repeating a series of movements and simple exercises regularly. It includes fun things like practicing Stretching In Bed, “Jiggle Wiggle” and the “The Slump.”

An informational session for anyone interested in learning more about the program will be held on May 12 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. at Bishop’s Commons, 4 Burkle St.

Those enrolling in the “6 Steps To Better Balance” class to be led by certified better balance program instructors, will meet weekly beginning May 19 and continuing through June 23.

Classes will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. each week.

As a member of the Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition, Bishop’s Commons will make this six-session class and accompanying instructional material free of charge to class participants. Registration is required and space in the class is limited.

To register for the class, for directions or more information about the “6 Steps to Better Balance” program, please call (315) 349-0799 or (315) 592-0827.

Bishop’s Commons is located at 4 Burkle St., on the St. Luke healthcare campus in the city of Oswego. On the web at www.bcommons.com.

About the Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition: The Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition is a multi-agency initiative committed to working together to measurably reduce the instances of falls and falls-related injuries in Oswego County residents.