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August 8, 2017 > Fear of falling? Classes help seniors stay mobile

Fear of falling? Classes help seniors stay mobile

Submitted By Aaron Wong

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one-fourth of Americans aged 65 or more fall each year, and every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. These alarming statistics demonstrate the need to help seniors avoid falls, a goal that Spectrum Community Services address through classes focusing on strength, balance, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance.

Since April, Spectrum Community Services has been offering fall prevention exercise classes for seniors at the Ruggieri Senior Center in Union City. The class meets one hour three times a week and is free of charge for seniors 60 and older who are at risk for falls.

Spectrum is licensed to provide their evidence-based exercise program called Enhance Fitness. Balance exercises helps seniors stay upright and stabilizing muscles. Endurance exercises increase the heartbeat, which also helps with hypertension and diabetes. Flexibility training helps prevent injuries, and strength training builds and maintains bone density. Our program can be modified for wheelchairs, walkers, and canes.

Fall Prevention for Seniors
Mondays and Wednesdays
2:30 p.m. Ð 3:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m. Ð 4:00 p.m.
Ruggieri Senior Center
33997 Alvarado Niles Road, Union City
For information, contact Aaron Wong (email)
(510) 209-0238 ext. 270 or (510) 209-8835
Free (60+ and at risk for falls)

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