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Program helping elderly population ‘Finding Balance Together’

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Event features various screenings and demonstrations to prevent falls

MENASHA, Wis. (WFRV) – One program is helping members of the elderly population find their balance and live a healthy lifestyle.

It’s called ‘Finding Balance Together’ and will be taking place Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the UW Fox Valley Communication Arts Center, located at 1478 Midway Road in Menasha. The event is a multi-county coalition made up of community members and health professionals that have an on-going concern over the high rate of falls in Wisconsin and the local community.

About 10,000 people are turning 65 every day. Falls in the elderly population are the second leading cause of death in Wisconsin and the first cause of hospitalization, with 55% of falls happening inside a home.

“That’s really our goal, is to help people know what’s out there,” said Jaime Roth, Community Outreach Coordinator with Taylor Rehab. “There will also be a lot of resources available that people can take in case they do want to join a class. This is a really great way to come in and test it out and try it without having to go out to a class where, sometimes, people are a little bit nervous.”

The event is a free Fall Prevention Community Event aimed at helping keep people active and upright. The event will feature various screenings and demonstrations to prevent falls. Tai Chi is one step that can help the elderly become stronger and prevent falls and there will be a Tai Chi session during this event. There will also be Laughing Yoga.

‘Finding Balance Together’ will be taking place at the UW Fox Valley Performing Arts Center this Tuesday. You can find more information online right here.

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