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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
older adults.


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
    about falling

  • 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 out more information about these services call the 
Senior LinkAge Line at (800) 333-2433!

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