Every 11 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. Many falls are preventable. Stay safe with these tips:

• Find a good balance and exercise program, look to build balance, strength, and flexibility. Find a program you like and take a friend. Come by the Senior Center and check the variety of exercise programs that could help you with balance, strength and flexibility.

• Talk to your health care provider, ask for an assessment of your risk of falling. Share your history of recent falls.

• Regularly review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist, Make sure side effects aren’t increasing your risk of falling. Take medications only as prescribed.

• Get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eye glasses, your eyes and ears are key to keeping you on your feet.

• Keep your home safe, remove tripping hazards, increase lighting, make stairs safe, and install grab bars and handrails in key areas.

• Talk to your family member, enlist their support in the simple steps to stay safe. Falls are not just a senior issue.

Information provided by the National Council on Aging. For more information regarding fall prevention, go online to www.ncoa.

Posture-perfect aging

Instructor David Keller provides one-on-one assistance in a group setting, focusing on flexibility, strength, and balance. Classes are held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost is $5 per class.

Tai Chi targets the physical elements necessary for good balance. Classes are held from 11 a.m. to noon or 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays. Cost is $5 p per class.

Zumba dance is a low-impact, easy-to-follow and fun way to get in shape without the impact on your body. Classes are held from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Thursdays.

Stretch for LIfe classes are held from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class features chair and various light exercises, stretching and muscle toning. Cost is $2 per class.

Treasure Hunt Thrift Store

Drop by our Treasure Hunt Thrift Store at the Senior Center from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Great novelty and seasonal items, clothing and more are offered. Proceeds directly helps support the Senior Center.

Halloween buffet

Join us on Oct. 30 for a Halloween Buffet — could be a little scary — featuring vegetarian meatball, meatball marinara sauce, Caesar salad, pasta salad, mixed fruit, jello, wheat roll and milk. Costumes are optional, but highly encouraged.

Nutrient of the Month

Magnesium is required for the proper growth and maintenance of bones. Magnesium is also required for the proper function of nerves, muscles, heart function and liver. In the stomach, magnesium helps neutralize stomach acid and moves stools through the intestine. Foods high in magnesium include pumpkin seeds, bran cereal, halibut, spinach, mixed nuts, black beans, baked potato, brown rice, banana and milk.

For more information, call or drop by the Senior Center between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, call (209) 533-2622 or go online to www.sierraseniorproviders.org.

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