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News: 12/15/2018

Free classes, training to help older adults prevent falls



Falls are the number one reason that older Sonoma County adults have to visit an emergency room. These falls can result in hip fractures, sprains or concussion, followed by a long recovery. Severe injuries lower older adults’ quality of life and may force them to leave their homes for care in a facility.

A one-day training to become a certified coach for a fall prevention program will be offered Monday, Jan. 7, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Human Services Department Adult and Aging Division, 3725 Westwind Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Become a volunteer certified coach and help older adults increase their safety, balance, strength and confidence on their feet with the nationally acclaimed “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls.”

Coaches are trained in facilitation skills and teaching practical coping strategies to reduce both older adults’ fear of falling and their risk of falling. They use group discussion, mutual problem solving and lifestyle strategies to teach safety, exercises to improve strength, coordination and balance, and how to evaluate home safety. Within a year after certification, they lead at least two class series of eight two-hour classes. Classes are held throughout Sonoma County.

Sign up today. Email djacoby@schsd.org, or call 565-5936.

For those looking to improve their own balance, flexibility and strength and get helpful tips to make their homes safer, the next free eight-class series for older adults and seniors will be offered at:

Rohnert Park Senior Center, 6800 Hunter Dr., Ste. A, Rohnert Park: eight Wednesdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 27, 3-5 p.m.

Cloverdale Senior Center, 311 N. Main St., Cloverdale: eight Fridays, Jan. 25-March 15, 1-3 p.m.

Vintage House Senior Center, 264 First St. East, Sonoma: eight Wednesdays, Jan. 30-March 20, 10 a.m.-noon.

Windsor Senior Center, 9231 Foxwood Dr., Windsor: eight Wednesdays, April 4-May 22, 1-3 p.m.

Register today for a series at mob@schsd.org or call 565-5936.



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