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Falls prevention workshops offered at Riverhead Free Library

After watching his mother cope with caring for his elderly grandfather, Greenport physician assistant Steven Templeton, pictured here on a home visit with a local patient, knew it was time to bring back house calls. Courtesy photo

As people age their risk for falling becomes greater. According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. But many falls are preventable by developing strength and balance says the council’s research.

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention is an evidence-based program that meets for 60 minutes twice a week for eight weeks. Using the principals of Tai Chi, the program enables mature adults to improve their balance, flexibility and strength and has proven to reduce their risk of falling.

Classes are led by trained instructors from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services. The first falls prevention workshop offered in Riverhead is for patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. It will meet at the Riverhead Free Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. between July 10 and August 30.

To register for the class call 631-726-8800. All enrollees must have an initial intake completed.

The second workshop session is for mature adults not diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and will meet from 2:25 to 3:15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays between July 10 and Aug. 30. at the library.

To register for that session, please call 631-727-3228.