A Matter of Balance
What is A Matter of Balance?
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: Managing
Concerns About Falls is a program designed to reduce
the fear of falling and increase activity levels among
A Matter of Balance includes eight two-hour sessions
for a small group led by a trained facilitator. This
nationally recognized program was developed at
the Roybal Center at Boston University.
During the class, participants learn to:
View falls as controllable
Set goals for increasing activity
Make changes to reduce fall risk at home
Exercise to increase strength and balance
Who Should Attend A Matter of Balance Class?
The program was designed to benefit
community-dwelling older adults who:
Are concerned about falls
Have sustained falls in the past
Restrict activities because of concerns
Are interested in improving flexibility,
balance and strength
Are age 60 or older, ambulatory and
able to problem solve
What Participants Say About A Matter of Balance:
"A Matter of Balance was most helpful - it made me more aware of what can be done to ensure safety at home. The class provided a definite time each week to meet and discuss concerns with others. I wish we had even more exercise activities at each class. Great to share and learn!"
"I'm already noticing a difference in my physical being. I'm sure I'm a little more
mobile than I had been and plan to continue these exercises. Hopefully, I'll be jumping
over the moon - soon!"
"I'm picking up my feet more when I walk. I'm not trying to carry all my groceries at
once into my home. I'm using a cane more when I walk on my lawn. I'm turning
on more lights as I travel in my home."
"I feel better about being careful. My confidence has risen. And I am being more
assertive and feel good about it, not intimidated."
To find a class near you check out our calendar or for
more information about this educational program please
contact Carol Bye at (218) 745-9104!