Program helps seniors avoid winter falls

The arrival of snow and its slippery conditions mean seniors are at increased risk of falls. The Slip Sliding No Way program offers a seminar series to help seniors cope as well as to encourage exercise and healthy living.

The arrival of snow and its slippery conditions mean seniors are at increased risk of falls.

The Slip Sliding No Way program offers a seminar series to help seniors cope as well as to encourage exercise and healthy living.

The four seminars will feature presentations by Marie Welch, the Red Deer primary Care Network’s fall prevention co-ordinator, Terri Brigden, owner of Comfort Keepers, Kathleen O’Connor of Redwoods Retirement Residence and instructor Tracey Gall of Balance Lifestyle Consulting.

The dates and times are:

• Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Senior Citizens Downtown House (5414 43rd St.)

• Nov. 14 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Victoria Park seniors residence (9 Avery St.)

• Nov. 20 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Golden Circle (4620 47A Ave.)

• Nov. 30 from from 2 to 4 p.m. at Redwoods Retirement Residence

Slip Sliding No Way is sponsored by the local Finding Balance program, part of a province-wide fall prevention effort launched in 2008 by Alberta Centre for Injury Control and Research, Alberta Health and other organizations concerned about seniors’ health issues.

More information on the seminars is available by calling Terri Brigden at (403) 506-2666. More fall prevention information is available online at www.findingbalancealberta.ca.