OLEAN, NY – The Southern Tier Health Care System and Ardent Solutions invites older adults to attend an award-winning program designed to help manage falls and increase activity levels.

The free series of classes is scheduled for Wednesdays and Fridays, Jan. 15 through Feb. 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m., and emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Classes will be conducted at Southern Tier, 150 N. Union St. Reservations must be made by calling Ardent Solutions, 585-593-1738, by Jan. 13.

Attendees will learn to view falls as controllable; to set goals for increasing activity; to make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and to exercise to increase strength and balance.

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The program is geared to anyone concerned about falls; anyone interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength; anyone who has fallen in the past, and anyone who has restricted activities because of falling concerns.

Because each class will build upon the previous one, the sponsors advise that it is extremely important that participants attend all sessions. The class schedule is:

Wednesday, Jan. 15, Introduction to the Program

Friday, Jan. 17, Exploring Thoughts and Concerns About Falling

Wednesday, Jan. 22, Exercise and Fall Prevention

Friday, Jan. 24, Assertiveness and Fall Prevention

Wednesday, Jan. 29, Managing Concerns About Falling

Friday, Jan. 31, Recognizing Fall-ty Habits

Wednesday, Feb. 5, Recognizing Fall Hazards in the Home and Community

Friday, Feb. 7, Practicing No Fall-ty Habits Fall Prevention: Putting it All Together