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Crow Wing County focuses on falls prevention

The National Council on Aging designates the month of September to focus on falls

prevention.

Falls are not a normal part of aging, but they are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans.

Many falls can be prevented by making changes in the environment, like removing floor rugs and being aware of the risk for falling.

Trained professionals are offering free falls assessments in Crow Wing County in September. It takes 10 minutes to complete a falls assessment and determine the risk of falling. The following free screening events are hosted by Crow Wing Energized:

• 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Brainerd Family YMCA, 602 Oak St.

• 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Crosslake Lutheran Church, 35960 County Highway 66, Crosslake.

• 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 15, The Ageless Expo at Forestview Middle School, Baxter.

One way to help prevent falls is to participate in a Matter of Balance class. This award-winning program was designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.

The free class is a series of eight weekly sessions that include how to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home and exercise to increase strength and balance.

Upcoming Matter of Balance classes will be in Brainerd, Crosslake and Crosby:

• Crosslake Lutheran Church, Crosslake: 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 18-Nov. 6.

• Brainerd Family YMCA, Brainerd: 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 1-Nov. 19.

• Hallett Center, Crosby: 8:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 25-Nov. 13.

• The Center,Brainerd: 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, Oct. 16-Nov. 9.

• Essentia Health-St. Joseph's-Brainerd Clinic: 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Sept. 25-Nov. 13.

Class size is limited. To register online, visit www.CrowWingEnergized.org, or call Gina at 218-824-1237 or Joanna at 218-454-2554.

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