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The WNC Fall Prevention Coalition is committed to reducing the number of falls and fall-related injuries in Western North Carolina. The Coalition is comprised of representatives from over 30 regional organizations. Together, they address the need for coordinated and multifactorial fall prevention strategies in WNC through community awareness, provider education and a balance and screening referral process. Below are some exemplary initiatives in our region.
A Matter of Balance – The program's goal is to reduce fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and increase activity levels among community-dwelling older adults. This 8-session program addresses the fear of falling with practical coping strategies such as: promoting a view of falls and fear of falling as controllable, setting realistic goals around increasing activity, changing the environment to reduce risk factors and promoting exercise to increase strength and balance.
Schedule of Upcoming Programs
For more information or to register for any of the classes below, contact Stephanie Stewart at 828.251.7438 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Matter of Balance Workshop
Mills River Library, 124 Town Center Drive #1, Mills River
Mondays, March 30 - May 8
1 - 3 pm
Building Better Balance Screenings – Building Better Balance Screenings are free and open to the public. Trained screeners will provide the service at different times and locations throughout the region. The screening will take about 15 minutes and include a few questions and the completion of two balance activities. The screener will use the NC certified flowchart to determine the level of fall risk. Participants will then receive information on resources to continue to build better balance and reduce the likelihood of a fall.
Fall Prevention Awareness Week – Fall Prevention Awareness Day takes place each year on the first day of fall. This day aims remind us what we can do to prevent falls and fall related injuries. The WNC Fall Prevention Coalition coordinates activities for Fall Prevention Awareness Week including balance screening, balance health fair and educational programs.
Tai Chi for Arthritis is an evidence based program that was created by Dr. Paul Lam and has been approved by the Arthritis Foundation. This simplified Sun Style of Tai Chi is a physical activity that is safe for people with arthritis and can improve flexibility, strength and balance. Flexibility, strength and balance are all modifiable risk factors for fall prevention - for these reasons Tai Chi for Arthritis is also excellent for fall prevention. There are certified instructors in our region.
For more information about these programs contact Stephanie Stewart at 828-251-6622 ext 117.