City of Concord California

News Release

September 18, 2017

Workshops help seniors stay on their feet, prevent injuries

The Concord Senior Center at 2727 Parkside Circle will offer two workshops to help senior citizens stay on their feet as part of Fall Prevention Awareness Week, Sept. 22-28.

A Fall Prevention Workshop is slated for Thursday, Sept. 21, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., presented by Alayne Balke, Contra Costa Fall Prevention Program Manager. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma. Falls can take a serious toll on older adults' quality of life and independence.

On Thursday, Sept. 28, physical therapist Linda Meneken presents Walking Safely – Improving Balance and Preventing Falls from 9:30 to 11 a.m. More than one-third of adults fall every year, suffering severe, life threatening injuries. Every 18 seconds a senior visits the emergency room for a fall. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for seniors. Meneken will present an interactive presentation to increase awareness and knowledge of fall prevention principles, with a group participatory discussion, and a question and answer session.

A nominal fee of $3 is required to register for each class. Register at or call (925) 671-3017 for more information. Fall Prevention is course #104714. Walking Safely is course #104774.

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