Classes to Help Improve Balance, Prevent Falls Set May 11 at Bishop’s Commons

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

Certified instructor Norene Powers, RN, (left) works with Peg Williams, as she practices a leg extension exercise. Looking on is instructor Cheryl Cullinan.
Certified instructor Norene Powers, RN, (left) works with Peg Williams, as she practices a leg extension exercise. Looking on is instructor Cheryl Cullinan.

The “6 Steps To Better Balance” class; a six-step approach to Better Balance, was developed by Betty Perkins-Carpenter, Ph.D., Senior Fitness Productions.

The “6 Steps To Better Balance” class at Bishop’s Commons will be led by Certified Better Balance program instructors and is scheduled to meet weekly beginning May 11 through 15.

Classes will run from 1:30 to 3 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 available free of charge to all class participants. Registration is required and space is limited.

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

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.

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.”

Bishop’s Commons is located at 4 Burkle St., on the St. Luke healthcare campus in the City of Oswego, just off State Route 481 (East River Road). 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.