RSVP Offers Classes to help with Balance and Falls Prevention Begins Oct. 29

OSWEGO – The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, is now accepting registrations for “Six Steps to Better Balance,” an approach to Better Balance developed by Betty Perkins-Carpenter, Ph.D., Senior Fitness Productions.

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Better Balance participants and Osteo Bone instructors at the Oswego YMCA, Pauline Nikas and Marilyn Schaffer.

The Six Steps to Better Balance course will be held at Priory Hall in St. Paul’s Church on East Fourth and Mohawk streets.

Classes begin Oct. 29 at 1 and 2:30 p.m., and will continue for six consecutive weeks with the exception of Nov. 19, through Dec. 10.

Certified Better Balance instructors are RSVP volunteers Rachel Brooks and Carol Simpson, who are also certified Osteo Bone Builders instructors and studied under Dr. Betty as a way to supplement the exercise regimen used to control osteoporosis.

Dr. Betty is a nationally renowned expert on falls prevention who has made improving balance easy for everyone.

With falls the leading cause of death in people age 65 and over, RSVP, in partnership with the Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition, is providing workshops to reduce this statistic.

The workshops 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 “10 Martini Slump,”  and are designed to reduce, not only  falls, but fear of falling.  A major component is improved balance.

To sign up, call Simpson at 343-5614 and leave a message.

Class size is limited and a fee is charged (discounted 50 percent for current Osteo Bone Builders participants) and includes class materials.

For more information on this and other RSVP programs, or to receive the Mature Living newsletter, call 312-2317 or email [email protected]

RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is sponsored locally by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.