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County Offers Balance and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults

County residents are invited to register for the Stepping On program, a free balance and fall prevention program that meets on seven consecutive Mondays, beginning August 3 in Gaithersburg. The two hour class meets from 10 a.m. to noon at the Benjamin Gaither Center, located at 80A Bureau Drive in Gaithersburg. Class will not meet on Monday, September 7 (Labor Day).

The evidence-based program will cover topics such as medications, home safety, vision, footwear and much more. Working in a small group, participants will build strength and increase knowledge of ways to reduce and/or eliminate falls through presentations by guest experts, discussion and exercise. Participants will practice balance and strength exercises for 10-15 minutes in each session.

The program is recommended for older adults who walk unassisted, use a cane indoors and out, or use a walker outside only; who have fallen one or more times; who limit their activities because of a fear of falling; who are cognitively intact; who speak English; who live in their own home or other independent living facility; or who are known to be at risk of falling. Participants must commit to attending all seven classes and, if possible, the final booster session in December.

The class is sponsored by Montgomery County Health and Human Services, Aging & Disability Services.

For more information or to register, call Phyllis Elperin at 240-773-8268.

Mark Lovett

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