LIVINGSTON, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center, in conjunction with The Nursing Division of the Livingston Heath Department and Livingston's Senior, Youth and Leisure Services, will present, "A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls." This free, eight-part series is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have this concern.

Led by Heidi Schnapp, MA, CSW, from the Saint Barnabas Wellness Institute, and Tylar Johnson, a clinical therapy assistant in the Rehabilitation Department at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, the series will help participants learn to:

  • View falls and fear of falling as controllable
  • Set realistic goals for increasing activity
  • Change their environment to reduce fall risk factors
  • Promote exercise to increase strength and balance.

The program is designed to benefit mobile adults, ages 60 and older, who are concerned about falls, may have sustained a fall in the past, limit their activities because of concerns about falling and are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength.

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“A Matter of Balance uses a variety of activities to address physical, social, and cognitive factors affecting fear of falling and to learn fall prevention strategies,” said Schnapp. 

She added that activities include group discussion, problem-solving, skill building, assertiveness training, videotapes, sharing practical solutions and exercise training.

Classes will be held for eight consecutive Wednesdays, from Oct. 7 to Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., at the Livingston Community Center, 204 Hillside Avenue in Livingston. The eight-week program is free but advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, call 973-322-5620 or send an email to hschnapp@barnabashealth.org.

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