Upcoming programs aim to raise awareness on falling

MARQUETTE — For many senior citizens, one major concern is falling. At the Marquette County Commission meeting earlier tonight, there was a special presentation on just that.

Michigan State University Extension had a representative give the presentation, on the dangers of falling, especially in the Upper Peninsula.

“It’s pretty prevalent in the Upper Peninsula because we have one of the highest rates of falling-related injuries in Michigan,” said Carlee Wasik of the MSU Extension. “A lot of our population is living alone. 10% is the Michigan average, and all of our counties in the Upper Peninsula exceed that. A lot of our adults are living at home, and we need to make sure that we’re making sure they’re staying safe at home and living well by themselves.”

The MSU Extension will be holding 2 events next week, both addressing the same issue.

The first will be at the Marquette Farmer’s Market, where there will be Tai–Chi classes from 3:30–5:30 for 10 weeks throughout the summer.

On Mondays and Wednesdays starting next week, there will be discussion forums at the Marquette Senior Center, from 1–3 p.m.

For more information on these programs or to sign up, call (906) 315-2664.