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Falls prevention seminars offered across area - Crosslake class is Sept. 19

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. One in three adults, age 65 and older, will fall each year. Many falls can be prevented by making changes in your environment, like removing floor rugs, and being aware of your risk for falling.

Trained professionals will offer free falls assessments in Crow Wing County. It only takes 10 minutes to complete a falls assessment and determine your risk of falling. The following free screening events are hosted by Crow Wing Energized in a joint effort with community partners and are intended to connect those needing more support with the resources and education that is available.

Monday, Sept. 18: 8-10 a.m., Hallett Center, Crosby; 9-11 a.m., Mississippi Terrace, Brainerd.

Tuesday, Sept. 19: 8-10 a.m., Essentia Health Brainerd Clinic; 9-11 a.m., Lord of Life Church, Baxter; 9 a.m.-noon, Crosslake Lutheran Church; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Brainerd Public Library; 1-3 p.m., The Center, Brainerd; 3:30-5:30 p.m., Essentia Health Baxter Clinic.

Thursday, Sept. 21: 8-10 a.m., The Center, Brainerd; 10 a.m.-noon, Brainerd Area YMCA; 10 a.m.-noon, Good Samaritan Society Home Care & Hospice, Nisswa; 1-3 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Brainerd.

Friday Sept. 22: 9 a.m.-noon, Calvary Evangelical Free Church, Walker.

Wednesday, Sept. 27: 9:30-11 a.m., Northern Lakes Senior Living, 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. Upcoming Matter of Balance classes are being held in Baxter, Brainerd, Crosslake, Crosby and Walker. The Crosslake class will be from 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 26-Nov. 14, at Crosslake Lutheran Church.

Crow Wing Energized and Central MN Council on Aging offer this education. Class size is limited. To register online, visit CrowWingEnergized.org or call Clarissa at 218-821-7293 or

Joanna at 218-454-2554.

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