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Free Series for Older Adults Addresses Concerns About Falls


Livingston, NJ – Saint Barnabas Medical Center in conjunction with The Nursing Division of Livingston Heath Department and Livingston's Senior, Youth and Leisure Services, will present A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls. This free, eight-part series is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have this concern.

Led by Heidi Schnapp, MA, CSW, from the Saint Barnabas Wellness Institute, and Tylar Johnson, a clinical therapy assistant in the Rehabilitation Department at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, the series will help participants learn to:

  • view falls and fear of falling as controllable
  • set realistic goals for increasing activity
  • change their environment to reduce fall risk factors
  • promote exercise to increase strength and balance

The program is designed to benefit mobile adults, age 60 or older, who are concerned about falls, may have sustained a fall in the past, limit their activities because of concerns about falling and are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength.

"A Matter of Balance uses a variety of activities to address physical, social, and cognitive factors affecting fear of falling and to learn fall prevention strategies," explains Ms. Schnapp. She adds that activities include group discussion, problem-solving, skill building, assertiveness training, videotapes, sharing practical solutions and exercise training.

Classes will be held for eight consecutive Wednesdays, from October 7 to December 2, from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the Livingston Community Center, 204 Hillside Avenue, Livingston, NJ. The eight-week program is free but advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Heidi Schnapp, MA, CSW, at 973-322-5620 or

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