OSWEGO – The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, is now enrolling participants in its “6 Steps to Better Balance” course.
The program was developed by Betty Perkins-Carpenter, Ph.D., of Senior Fitness Productions, a nationally renowned expert on falls prevention who has made improving balance easy for everyone.
The course will be held at the Minetto United Methodist Church, 2433 County Route 8, Oswego.
Classes will begin May 22, from 1 to 2 p.m., and continue for six consecutive weeks.
Class instructors will be RSVP volunteers Deborah Halliday and Rachel Brooks.
Halliday and Brooks are also certified as master trainers for the RSVP Bone Builders Program, an exercise regimen used to control osteoporosis.
Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. The cost is $25, which covers all class materials.
The six-week course will cover how to help prevent falls and reduce injuries if a fall occurs.
Participants will learn activities that are fun to do, such as the “Jiggle Wiggle,” and “The Slump,” and are designed to reduce, not only falls, but fear of falling.
Falls are the primary cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people ages 65-plus.
Hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries are often the result of falls.
Even falls without a major injury can cause older adults to become apprehensive or depressed, thus making it difficult for them to maintain an active lifestyle.
In an effort to reduce this statistic, RSVP spearheaded the initiative to bring a falls prevention program to Oswego County in 2012.
To pre-register for the class or for more information on this and other RSVP programs, call program coordinator Tracie Wallace at 315-312-2317 or email [email protected]
RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National & Community Service and is sponsored locally by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.