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Free balance class open to Native and non-Native elders

’Tis the season for fall prevention
Michigan State University Extension and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Elder Division are collaborating to offer a FREE series entitled Matter of Balance at the Manistique Tribal Center’s main dining hall starting Sept. 21. The series is an eight-session series that will start Sept. 21, then continue for seven consecutive Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 5‑Nov. 16, 2018. There will be no class Sept. 28. The series is open to tribal and non-tribal participants.

If you have fallen in the past, are concerned about falling or have restricted your activity due to fear of falling, we encourage you to attend. If you are interested in learning how to improve balance, flexibility and strength, then Matter of Balance is the series for you!

The series is designed to help people to maintain and increase their sense of balance. Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Participants will learn to:
—View falls as controllable
—Set goals for increasing physical activity
—Make changes to reduce fall risks at home
—Exercise to increase strength and balance

Winter is right around the corner. Participate in this series to start or maintain a physical activity routine that will help you improve and maintain your sense of balance and well being. Bring a friend or two! More participants equals more fun!

Contact MSUE educator Tracie Abram to register at 906‑235‑2985.
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