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A Matter of Balance

exercise & wellness
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Monday, Oct 9 1:30PM - 3:30PM EDT


What Is It?

Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. A Matter of Balance is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.
This course will be offered for a total of 8 sessions. Participants are encouraged to attend at least 5 of the sessions in order to experience the benefits.
Who should attend A Matter of Balance Program?

The program was designed to benefit older adults who:
  • Are concerned about falls
  • Have sustained falls in the past
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength
  • Are age 60 or older, community-dwelling and able to problem solve
What are the components of A Matter of Balance?

A Matter of Balance uses a variety of activities to address the fear of falling and teach fall prevention strategies.  Activities include group discussion, problem-solving, skill-building, assertiveness training, videos and exercise training.  Participants receive a workbook to use during the sessions, and to keep as a reference when the class is over.
  • A Matter of Balance community classes can be offered both in-person and virtually.
  • The in-person A Matter of Balance includes 8 two-hour sessions.
  • The virtual A Matter of Balance includes 9 two-hour sessions.
  • Both the in-person and virtual sessions are led by two trained facilitators for a small group of 8-12 participants.
Participants learn to…

The program enables participants to achieve significant goals.  They gain confidence by learning to:
  • View falls as controllable
  • Set goals for increasing activity
  • Identify common factors that contribute to falls
  • Make changes to reduce fall risk at home
  • Exercise to increase strength and balance

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