Seniors will be able to add a little balance to their lives and diminish their fear of falling during an eight-week course at Korth Center in Stockton.

Care Connection for Aging Services and MU Extension will offer a course called Matter of Balance, from 1-3 p.m. on Fridays, beginning June 7, at the Korth Center, 309 W. Englewood Dr., Stockton.

To register, (800) 748-7826. The course is free and open to adults 60 and older.

Three in 10 seniors fall each year, and about 20 percent of those are injured. Falls are a leading cause of injury and death among older people and often happen at home. Many can be prevented.

The class is meant to reduce the fear of falling and to increase activity among older adults. It was developed in accordance with research conducted by Boston University.

The participants will learn to set goals for increasing activity, to view falls and the fear of falling as controllable, to exercise to create strength and balance and to reduce risk factors for falls.

Class participants can expect discussion, problem solving, skill building, assertiveness training, exercises and videos.

Nine of 10 participants in the nationally-recognized Matter of Balance program said they are more comfortable talking about the fear of falling, planned to increase exercise and would recommend the program to others.

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