A Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance is an evidence based program designed to prevent frequent falls among older adults. It helps those adults who are concerned about falls, have sustained a fall in the past, restrict activities because of concerns about falling, are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength, and are age 60 years of age or older, ambulatory and able to problem-solve. The program focus is to help participants view falls and the fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals for increasing activity, change the environment to reduce fall risk factors, and to promote exercise to increase strength and balance. Classes are conducted by trained volunteer coaches. Classes are held once a week for eight weeks. Each class is two hours long. During the third class, there is a 30-minute exercise component added. A physical therapist will come to one class to answer questions and discuss safety issues. Each class will have group discussion, involve problem solving and skill-building, assertiveness training, share solutions exercise training and there will be a pre and post survey. For more information on this program, call 217-428-0013.