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RSVP Offers Classes to help with Balance and Falls Prevention

OSWEGO –  The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, is now accepting registrations for “Six Steps to Better Balance,” a six-step approach developed by Betty Perkins-Carpenter, Ph.D., senior fitness productions.

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

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

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; they are also certified Osteo Bone Builders instructors who studied under Dr. Betty as a way to supplement the exercise regimen used to control osteoporosis.

The workshops cover how to help prevent falls and to 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 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.