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WNC Fall Prevention Coalition
Website - www.wncfallpreventioncoalition.org

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 and Trainings

A Matter of Balance
Deerfield Community
- 1617 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803
Mondays, October 1st through November 19th from 10am to 12noon
Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/4EINlCBOULRfVVnm1 

A Matter of Balance
Fletcher Park Inn
- 150 Tulip Trail, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Wednesdays, October 3rd through November 28th (skipping November 21st for Thanksgiving) from 2pm to 4pm
Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/uhGnpgl2S03XIF7p2 

A Matter of Balance
First Baptist Church Swannanoa
- 503 Park St, Swannanoa, NC 28778
Thursdays, October 4th through November 6th (skipping October 18th and November 22nd)
from 1pm to 3pm
Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/BSdxWOtWrWeUA4E02 

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls
Land of Sky Regional Council
– 339 New Leicester Hwy, Ste 140, Asheville 28806
Mondays, January 7th through February 25th from 2pm to 4pm
(We will cancel for bad weather based on Buncombe County School closures)
Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/qUo2M2H1B3i0EwW63

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls
Silvermont Senior Center
– 364 E Main St Brevard NC 28712
Tuesdays, January 8th through February 26th from 1pm to 3pm
(We will cancel for bad weather based on Transylvania County School closures)
Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/aEhow1yAn8P2WcrG2

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls
Hot Springs Senior Center – 356 NW Hwy 25/70, Hot Springs
Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 13, 20, 27, April 3
(We will cancel for bad weather based on Madison County School closures)
10am to 12noon
To register: stephanie@landofsky.org or 828-251-7438 or https://goo.gl/forms/BabLlRzlxqDOPY8A2

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls
Deerfield Retirement Community
– 1617 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville 28803
Mondays, February 18th through April 1st from 10am to 12pm
(We will cancel for bad weather based on Buncombe County School closures)
Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/P4bllA3mjsBPNXXr2

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention
Trinity United Methodist Church
- 587 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806  
Fridays, September 7th through February 1st (skipping November 23rd and December 21st) from 11am to 12noon
Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/c7RatxCl3PklC4Xh1

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.