OSWEGO — The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), 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, PhD, Senior Fitness Productions.
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 is taking the lead on recruiting volunteer instructors and providing programs to reduce this statistic.
The Six Steps to Better Balance course at Springside Retirement Community (on Route 45, just off Route 481 between Oswego and Fulton), is scheduled to begin on October 2 and will continue for six consecutive weeks, every Wednesday from 1 to 2:30 through November 7.
It will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and will be taught by RSVP volunteers Rachel Brooks and Carol Simpson.
Rachel and Carol are 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 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% for 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 us at [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.