National Falls Prevention Day, is a day set aside to educate others on how to prevent fall related injuries, the impact of falls, and to make the community aware of falls prevention programs in the community. Per the National Council on Aging “Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Wisconsin has one of the highest rates of death from unintentional falls in the nation. In fact, the death rate due to unintentional falls in Wisconsin is twice the national average. Falls threaten older adults’ safety and independence as well as generate enormous economic and personal costs. However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based falls prevention programs, and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced.” Did you know MSC offers classes that increase balance? Madison Senior Center partners with several professionals who provide instruction and opportunities for practice. Yahara Therapy conducts Ballroom Basics for Balance, Li Chiao Ping conducts Laughing Bodies, Dancing Minds and other certified professionals provide yoga and tai chi opportunities. Look for information here on upcoming fall classes and get started today—it’s never too late!

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