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      March 1, 2012

      Thursday   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (weekly until March 8, 2012)

      5001 Commerce Dr.
      Bakersfield, California 93309

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      Free from Falls

      Walking, balance and coordination problems are among the common symptoms in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Those limitations in mobility can lead to injuries and can have a negative impact on quality of life. To help out, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California & Nevada Chapter designed “Free from Falls: A Comprehensive Fall Prevention Program for People with MS” which will be launched in Bakersfield for the first time ever at HealthSouth Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital Thursday, January 19, 2012.

      Free from Falls, which will be held Thursdays through March 8, is designed to help improve confidence, safety and mobility and reduce the risk of falls by providing a supportive group atmosphere and expert instruction. Dawn Thompson, physical therapist at HealthSouth, will lead each week’s two hour program. Each session will have two parts: a discussion component focused on awareness of issues related to falls and an exercise component directed to improving postural alignment, balance, endurance and mobility.

      People in Bakersfield will be among the first to complete Free from Falls; the program will be offered nationwide later in the fall of 2012. The curriculum is designed for people living with MS who are able to walk (alone or with one cane, walking stick or crutch), but who may be at risk for falling. For more information or to receive an application, please call the Kern County office of the National MS Society at 661.321.9512 or email

      Cost: Cost for full eight weeks is $50, however, payment can be negotiated for those requiring financial assistance.

      Categories: Education | Health & Wellness

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