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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Free 'Matter of Balance' classes to be offered

  • If you’re concerned about falls, these might be especially educational; classes start October 14
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  •     RiverView Rehab Services will once again be holding A Matter of Balance classes for anyone who has fallen in the past, has restricted activities because of falling concerns or is worried about falls. The classes will teach skills in improving balance flexibility and strength.
        A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Eight two-hour sessions will be led by certified coaches on Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m., Oct. 14 through Dec. 2 in the RiverView Health Classroom.
    Increasing strength
    and balance
        During the sessions, participants will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home and exercise to increase strength and balance. The class is taught by RiverView Physical Therapist Assistants LueRae Geilhsler and Amber Finseth.
        The class is free, thanks to continued support from Bob and Carla Roppel, owners of the Prescription Shoppe in Crookston. The Roppel’s provided the seed money to start the program through the RiverView Foundation in 2010. They continue their commitment to the Foundation and the community by supporting the program.
        “Carla and I understand the importance of the teachings of the Matter of Balance Program,’’ Bob Roppel stated.  “We are pleased that our financial commitment to this program will keep our friends and neighbors safe and help reduce and prevent falls.’’
    A benefit to many
        According to RiverView Foundation Director Kent Bruun, about 100 people have already been touched by the program to this point.  
    “Bob and Carla have made a commitment to this meaningful program,’’ Bruun stated. “Their  continued generosity and concern have made A Matter of Balance a useful tool for the health and safety of the people of this and surrounding communities.’’
        The class size is limited, so early registration is stressed. For more information, or to register, call RiverView Rehab Services at 281-9463.

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