A Matter of Balance Class is an eight-week series that helps participant learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change behavior to reduce fall risk factors and exercise to increase strength and balance.

The Matter of Balance classes will teach you different non-strenuous exercises that will help improve your balance.  You will have the opportunity to talk with peers about your experiences and learn ways to reduce the fear of falling.  

"Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls," is a nationally-recognized program,designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults, improving the quality of their overall health in the process.

The program is being offered by ACE of Southwest Minnesota – Redwood  County.

Classes will be held at Garnette Gardens in Redwood Falls beginning Sept. 5 for eight sessions from 1-3 p.m.

Any adult living in Redwood County is encouraged to attend.

Those wishing to register may call Ann LeBrun at the ACE of Southwest Minnesota – Redwood County office at (507) 627-1016 or via e-mail at ace.redwood@co.redwood.mn.us.

Pre-registration is necessary. Those planning to take part are asked to respond by Aug. 24, so materials can be prepared. Classes are free.

“Our goal is to make people more independent and keep them in their homes longer,” said Ann LeBrun, coordinator of the program at A.C.E. of SW Minnesota office.   “The Matter of Balance class has been proven effective; 97 percent of participants have increased their activity and feel more comfortable doing so now. The number of falls has also greatly diminished."

- Photo courtesy of the National Council on Aging