May 22, 2012 in Features

Classes aim to prevent seniors from falling

 

The Panhandle Health District is offering fitness-instructor training Thursday for classes that aim to help seniors avoid falls.

The district’s Fit and Fall Proof classes are designed to boost strength, mobility and flexibility among seniors. The idea is to help protect them from falling – a leading cause of death among Idaho residents older than 64, according to the health district.

About 110 Idaho seniors die of causes related to accidental falls every year, according to the district.

The classes are free to seniors, as is the training to become a volunteer instructor. The training runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Panhandle Health District offices, 8500 N. Atlas Road in Hayden.

Registration is required for the instructor-training class. Call (208) 415-5242 or email Lisa Gardom, the district’s Fit and Fall Proof coordinator, at lgardom@phd1.idaho.gov.

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