Selected Community Events


Free Falls Prevention Workshop

Feb 12, 2013 - Apr 2, 2013 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m

CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern

A Matter of Balance, an Evidence-Based Health Promotion Program developed at Boston University, is scheduled to start Tuesday’s February 12 through April 2 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern. The classes will be in Classroom 1 in the AHEC Building. Classes are held once a week for eight weeks and are FREE.

In North Carolina, falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries and the second leading cause of nonfatal injuries in individuals aged 65 and older. In addition, the chances of falling and being seriously injured in a fall increase with age. A Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. Individuals who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends. A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent. The program is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.

For more information call Mary Zeeman at 252-638-6710.