Monday, May 30 , 2016, 12:33 am | Overcast 58º

Santa Barbara Village Hosting Free Fall Prevention Workshop for Seniors

By Naomi Kovacs for Santa Barbara Village |

Santa Barbara Village is pleased to host a free workshop to help seniors improve their balance and reduce their risk of falling.

"Better Balance: A Fall Prevention Workshop" will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 21 at The Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala St. in Santa Barbara. It is a free event, and all are welcome.

In this workshop, Sally Saenger, M.Ed., will teach workshop participants simple and practical proactive things to do at home to improve balance, reduce the risk of falling and increase confidence.

Did you know:

» The fear of falling is the No. 1 fear of most senior adults.

» 1 in 3 older adults (those age 65 or older) falls each year.

» Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.

» 20 to 30 percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries that can make it hard to get around or live independently, and increase the risk of early death.

Research has shown that with just a few minutes of practice a day for two weeks, older adults improved their balance dramatically. Santa Barbara Village aims to help people get started, helping them learn practical ways to have better balance and decrease their risk of falling.

Saenger, M.Ed., has been a faculty member at Santa Barbara City College since 1982, teaching classes in physical education, health, fitness and recreation. Her specialties include older adult health and fitness, aquatics, stretching and relaxation, and fitness travel.

She was born and raised in the Santa Barbara area and holds degrees from the University of Hawaii and Azusa Pacific University. In 2012, she was honored as the SBCC Part-Time Faculty Member of the Year.

RSVP to Hannah Gugino at [email protected] or 805.729.5038. Limited parking will be available on site for this event, or the city’s Paseo Nuevo Mall parking lot is located less than two blocks away.

Santa Barbara Village is a nonprofit membership organization providing support services and social connection for local seniors who wish to remain vibrant, independent and living at home. Click here for more information.

— Naomi Kovacs is executive director of Santa Barbara Village.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk's intent is not to limit the discussion of our stories but to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and must be free of profanity and abusive language and attacks.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree to be respectful. Noozhawk encourages intelligent and impassioned discussion and debate, but now has a zero-tolerance policy for those who cannot express their opinions in a civil manner.

» Agree not to use Noozhawk’s forums for personal attacks. This includes any sort of personal attack — including, but not limited to, the people in our stories, the journalists who create these stories, fellow readers who comment on our stories, or anyone else in our community.

» Agree not to post on Noozhawk any comments that can be construed as libelous, defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, harmful, threatening, tortious, harassing, abusive, hateful, sexist, racially or ethnically objectionable, or that are invasive of another’s privacy.

» Agree not to post in a manner than emulates, purports or pretends to be someone else. Under no circumstances are readers posting to Noozhawk to knowingly use the name or identity of another person, whether that is another reader on this site, a public figure, celebrity, elected official or fictitious character. This also means readers will not knowingly give out any personal information of other members of these forums.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

Noozhawk’s management and editors, in our sole discretion, retain the right to remove individual posts or to revoke the access privileges of anyone who we believe has violated any of these terms or any other term of this agreement; however, we are under no obligation to do so.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.


Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.