A few spots are still open for the upcoming Stepping On Falls Prevention program, which starts Aug. 15.
Nationally, one in three people 65 and older will fall each year. This means that in Finney County with a population of nearly 3,300 persons 65 and older, a fall will impact over 1,000 of your friends and neighbors. If your fall means recovering in an assisted living facility, the cost could range from $150 to $200 per day.
Wouldn’t you rather avoid that potentially debilitating fall? Stepping On Falls Prevention is a program designed to empower the older adult to reduce the risk of falls. The Senior Center of Finney County will be hosting the Stepping On Falls Prevention series beginning Aug. 15. This is a seven-week workshop, meeting two hours each week. Older adults learn balance exercises and develop specific knowledge and skills to prevent falls. Sessions run from 1 to 3 p.m. Workshop leader is registered physical therapist Brenda Drees.
Space is limited so registration is required by calling Hilary Whiteley at (620) 272-3620. Cost is $25. Included is all educational material and a set of ankle weights for use at home.
If you think preventing falls is only for someone else, please think again. Nobody plans to fall. It happens in the blink of the eye. If you are 60 or older, live at home, do not have dementia, walk at home without a walker and have fallen in the past year or fear falling, you are eligible to participate.
Thursday: TOPS, 9 a.m.; art class, 10 a.m.; Ambassador Singers and Skip-Bo, 1 p.m.; strength training, 4 p.m.; yoga, 6 p.m.
Friday: Line dancing, 8:30 a.m.; a nurse from St. Catherine Hospital is here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; gentle exercises, 11 a.m.; bridge, 12:45 p.m.; EnhanceFitness, 2 p.m.; monthly covered dish dinner, 6 p.m. (bring your favorite dish and enjoy some good music by “The Half Fast Singers”).
Saturday: The pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.
Sunday: Duplicate bridge, 2 p.m.
Monday: Double pinochle, 12:30 p.m.; EnhanceFitness, 2 p.m.; strength training, 4 p.m.; duplicate bridge, 7 p.m.
Tuesday: Walking, 9 a.m. at Walmart; gentle exercise, 11 a.m.; pitch, 12:30 p.m.; bridge, 1:15 p.m.; yoga, 6 p.m.
Aug. 9: Line dancing, 8:30 a.m.; Completely Unraveled, 9:30 a.m.; pinochle, 12:30 p.m.; bridge, 1:15 p.m.; EnhanceFitness, 2 p.m.; dance featuring “Last Rezort,” 7:30 p.m. (recommended donation is $5).
Lunch is served at noon.
Thursday: Chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, fruit.
Friday: Goulash, brown sugar baked beans, cottage cheese, orange.
Monday: Homemade meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas, pudding.
Tuesday: Truck driver casserole, zucchini and stewed tomatoes, Oreo cookie.
Aug. 9: Ham and asparagus roll up, au gratin potatoes, capri vegetables, fruit.
Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.