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Seniors can register for fall prevention class online

A senior receives a COVID-19 vaccine from a health care worker on Feb. 3 after arriving on a bus to a vaccination site at Anquan Boldin Stadium in Pahokee, Fla.  (Associated Press)

A free online class on prevention falls for seniors ages 60 and older will be offered next month by Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington.

The award-winning “A Matter of Balance” course is evidence-based to help adults who are concerned about falling or have fallen. It’s aimed at helping participants remain independent while staying involved in activities.

Enrollment is required by Sept. 3 for the class that starts Monday, Sept. 13. For more information or to register, call (509) 458-2509 Ext. 217.

Each year in Washington state, about 1 in 4 adults ages 65 and older reports falling. Nationwide, about 37% of falls tend to result in injury that restricts activity or results in medical issues such as broken bones and brain trauma.

The online class includes nine two-hour sessions for groups of eight to 12 participants led by two certified coaches. Sessions will have group conversations, problem solving, gentle physical exercise and assertiveness training.

Class-related tech support and computer skills training are included, the agency said. The ALTCEW’s evidence-based falls prevention programs also includes FallsTalk done by telephone.