Matter of Balance Program

Posted Sept. 12, 2011, at 2:36 p.m.

DAMARSICOTTA — On Fall Prevention Awareness Day, Spectrum Generations’ Coastal Community Center in partnership with The Lincoln Home, will offer Healthy Choices for ME’s eight week Matter of Balance Program designed to help people manage concerns about falling and enhance their ability to live life on one’s own terms by changing mindsets.

The series will be co-facilitated by Matter of Balance lay leaders and Jeannie MacLeod and Penny Winship with the assistance of master trainers Nancy Moffatt and Sally Johns, and the physical therapy staff of Lincoln County Healthcare.

Sessions will be held at 9:30 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 23-Oct. 28. Registration and sign-in will take place at 9 a.m. Sept. 23. The weekly workshop continues for eight weeks. Graduates will receive a certificate of completion.

The fee for the seminar is $10 with an optional materials fee of $20, which includes notebook, work and fact sheets. To register call 563-1363 by Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Still wondering if the Matter of Balance program is right for you? Here’s what a few former participants had to say about the program and their experiences:

“A Matter of Balance was most helpful. It made me more aware of what can be done to assure safety at home. The class provided a definite time each week to meet and discuss concerns with others. I wish we had even more exercise activities at each class. Great to share and learn!”

“It has benefited all of us in that we feel stronger and in more control of our bodies. We would never have started this if it wasn’t for taking ‘A Matter of Balance,’ so I believe it has changed some people’s lives.”

“I’m already noticing a difference in my physical being. I’m sure I’m a little more mobile than I had been and plan to continue these exercises. Hopefully, I’ll be jumping over the moon — soon!”

Don’t let the fear of falling relegate you to your home or couch. Learn how you can change your behaviors and habits so that you can continue to live life on your own terms. To learn more about this evidence-based program come to the Matter of Balance information session at 1 p.m. Sept. 16 at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St. in Damariscotta.

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