RSVP Offers Falls Prevention Classes Beginning April 17

OSWEGO, NY – The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, is now accepting registrations for “6 Steps to Better Balance,” a six-step approach to Better Balance developed by Betty Perkins-Carpenter, Ph.D., Senior Fitness Productions.

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From left are RSVP volunteer and Pulaski Osteo instructor Millie Murray and, Betty Perkins-Carpenter, Senior Fitness Productions, at a “Six Steps to Better Balance” training workshop.

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 Adirondack Physical and Occupational Therapy, 127 E. First St., Oswego.

Classes will begin at 9:30 a.m. April 17, and will continue for six consecutive weeks through May 22.

Certified Better Balance Instructors are RSVP volunteers Rachel Brooks and Carol Simpson.

Rachel and Carol 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 classes 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,” that are designed to reduce falls, fear of falling and to improve balance.

Class size is limited and a fee is charged to cover class materials.

To pre-register, call Simpson at 343-5614.

For more information on this and other RSVP programs, or to receive the Mature Living newsletter, contact 312-2317 or [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.