A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls

Sept. 16 through Oct. 28

Tuesdays at 1 p.m.


Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall?

People who experience a fear of falling often limit their physical activities, which can result in loss of strength, reduced muscle tone and balance problems, making the risk of falling greater.

By attending "A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls" you will:

* Set realistic goals for staying active

* Learn how to stay safe at home

* Complete exercises to increase strength and balance

* Learn how to identify and control your fear of falling

The nationally recognized program will be conducted weekly over eight sessions by trained instructors from Nashoba Nursing. Each session lasts approximately 1.5 hours. The program's goals are to reduce fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and increase activity levels and confidence among older adults.

Share your concerns and learn what you can about them. There is no charge for this program. TO SIGN UP: Call the Shirley Senior Center at 978-425-1390 or stop by.

Belly Dancing

Sept. 8 through Nov. 3

Mondays at 10 a.m.

$35 for session

Come join us and give belly dancing a try! Instructor, Gypsy Phillips is 74 years old and has almost four decades experience teaching belly dancing to all ages. She says that it's a wonderful exercise for older people . . ."learning steps helps to improve memory and the movement works out the aches and pains.


" And you don't have to have a supermodel body for this! Gypsy says "this is for real people to dance and enjoy themselves. We laugh all through the class!" Come give it a try and have some fun. Session cost is $35 or $5 for drop-in.

Pizza and a movie

Wednesday Sept. 3, at 11 a.m.

Cost $2

Our September movie is "Young at Heart." Prepare to be entertained by the inspiring individuals of this New England senior citizen chorus that has delighted audiences worldwide with their covers of songs by everyone from The Clash to Coldplay. This story is a funny and often moving testament to friendship, creative inspiration and reaching beyond expectations. Popcorn and pizza will be served.

Fuel Assistance Applications

Monday, Sept. 22

It's hard to believe that it's almost time to think about heating bills once again! A representative from New England Farm Workers' Council will be at the Senior Center on Monday, Sept. 22, to assist seniors with applications for Fuel Assistance. You must call ahead to make an appointment at 978-425-1390. Eligibility is based on the size of the household and the combined gross income of its members. The income eligibility for an individual, $32,618; for two persons, $42,654; for three persons, $52,691.