Mobility and balance tend to worsen as we age. Next month, seniors across Missouri can take free classes on how to stay strong and prevent falling. KSMU’s Megan Burke reports.
The classes will be offered through the University of Missouri Extension offices as part of a grant. They will teach balance for people over 60, strength and health for those over 50, and a Tai Chi class for seniors.
In Springfield, the first class will be offered starting November 1 at the Springfield Botanical Center at 2400 S. Scenic Ave.
That one will be taught by MU Extension human development specialist Renette Wardlow. She says the classes are two hours a week for eight weeks. She anticipates adding a second class because of growing interest.
“People are deciding, well, I’m living longer. I do not like the fact that I can’t get around like I’d like to so I’m going to do something about it and this is an opportunity to do just that,” Wardlow said.
Another class will be offered in Neosho. For more information on how to sign up for the classes, you can contact the MU Extension office at (417) 881-8909.