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Online Workshop for Seniors Focuses on Fall Prevention

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. – Beginning in May, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer an online program for older adults that aims to reduce, or even prevent, fall risks at home. The “A Matter of Balance” workshop is a national program sponsored by Centralina Area Agency on Aging and consists of nine sessions that will be held online Mondays and Wednesdays, May 3 through June 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“This program makes such a difference in the lives of workshop participants,” said Linda Minges, a program instructor. “The fear of falling could actually lead to a fall because that fear limits activities, causes difficult emotions and leads to isolation, which can lead to poor balance and weakness.”

There is no charge for the course, but participants must be a resident of one of the following North Carolina counties: Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, or Union. They must also be able to access Zoom via the internet with a computer and video for each weekly session.

To register or for more information, contact Linda J. Minges, with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, at or 704-922-2127. The registration deadline is April 19, and group size limited.