University of Missouri Extension is offering a Matter of Balance: Fall Prevention program in Hannibal at Admiral Coontz Recreation Center 301 Warren Barrett Dr, Hannibal, MO 63401. Meeting dates are September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, and November 3, 10, and 17. The meeting time is 1- 3 pm. Please register by calling the Marion County Extension office at 573-769-2177 or register online at The class is free, but registration is required. If you need accommodations for a disability or other medical condition, please inform us when you register.

Older adults are at serious risk of injury or death from falls. Each year one out of three adults age 65 and older experiences a fall. These kinds of falls can lead to head trauma, lacerations, and fractures including hip fractures.  Non-fatal falls often result in hospitalization and recuperation. Even if these falls don’t result in injury, often these adults develop a fear of falling.  Because of this fear, they often limit their activities which can decrease both mobility and physical fitness. Unfortunately, loss of mobility and fitness usually increases the likelihood of falls.  But the good news is that there are actions that can be taken to prevent falls.  Taking these actions in preventing falls and maintaining older adults’ independence is critical.

Here is an opportunity to do your part in preventing falls for yourself or others. Class is limited to 14 people so please register today.