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Marblehead seniors try to improve their balancing act

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MARBLEHEAD — Slowly, a little shakily, the 82-year-old in the blue chambray shirt shifted his weight from one foot to another, stood tentatively on one leg, and practiced slowly sitting down, then standing back up again.

Six months ago, he said, he was restricted to a wheelchair because of a spinal issue; now he’s able to get around with a cane, but although he’s happy with his progress, he still has a ways to go.

“I need to improve my balance so I can get rid of my cane,” said Bill Genett.

The medical community agrees that as people age, their balance can suffer. So prevention is key, especially on the icy days of winter. To this end — and in the spirit of launching a healthy new year – the Marblehead Council on Aging has started two weekly classes related to restoring and enhancing balance.

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