Thursday, March 25, 2021

A matter of balance

Canton Club 55+ sponsors virtual senior workshop

The Canton Club 55+ will sponsor A Matter of Balance workshop from 1 until 3 p.m. for eight Fridays. An information session about the workshop is set for 1 until 2 p.m. Friday April 9. 

The National Institutes of Health say that falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in people 65 and older. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) is hosting the workshops online to help older adults reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of those who have concerns about falls.

The eight-week workshops meet weekly over Zoom and require a computer or other device with internet access and a camera. A meeting link will be sent to registered participants. There is no cost to participate in the workshops but donations are always welcome.

Any adult 65 and older in Michigan can join the workshops. Sponsored by various community partners, including the Canton Club 55+, A Matter of Balance workshop will take place from 1 until 2 p.m. April 16 through 30, May 7 through May 28 and from 1 until 3 p.m. June 4.

To register or for more information, call LaShawn Griffin at 800-482-1455 or email 

Award-winning A Matter of Balance workshops are led by trained leaders in the community. The goal of the evidence-based program is to reduce fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and increase activity levels among older adults, according to a prepared statement. Participants engage in group discussion, problem solving, skill building, and assertiveness training. Starting the third week, participants learn simple exercises to increase strength and flexibility and improve range of motion and balance.

 A Matter of Balance participants also learn to set realistic goals to increase activity and change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, representatives said. To learn more about A Matter of Balance, visit