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SCENe ‘6 Steps to Better Balance’ Classes starting

PILLOW TALK — From left: Ginny Krebs, Audrey Skelton and Claudia Wolniewicz with SCENe pillow pals. Photo submitted by Ginny Krebs.

SPRINGVILLE — Healthy Community Alliance, Inc. Educator, Sharon Noecker, is partnering with the Springville Concord Elder Network to offer new program for older adults. “6 Steps to Better Balance” is a new fitness program that features “pillow dancing” to music for improved balance and falls prevention.

The six lessons are based on a program developed by senior fitness expert and former Olympic diving coach, Dr. Betty Perkins-Carpenter. Author of the book, “How to Prevent Falls,” Perkins-Carpenter believes the key to falls prevention is better balance, through simple exercises.

A certified trainer in the course, Noecker brings her own sense of fun to the program. Noecker developed “pillow partners” as balance aides. For the SCENe program Noecker allowed SCENe to use her pillow character patterns. SCENe volunteers Ginny Krebs, Claudia Wolniewicz and Joan Barsalou created a set of 15 pillow partners for use.

“I’m so happy that SCENe can introduce this program to our community,” said Krebs. “It has been proven effective and fun. Sharon assures me that the movements are easy and easily modified for anyone to do.” Classes are limited to 15 participants. There is a fee that includes all lessons and program booklet. The program begins Sept. 18 at 10:30 a.m. in the community room in the Love In The Name of Christ Building at 64 East Main St., Springville. To register, call SCENe at 592-7599.

SCENe is supported by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York; Town of Concord, Healthy Community Alliance Inc., Erie County Senior Services, Love INC, community partners, donations and SCENe volunteers.

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