A Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance is designed for those who have concerns about falling. Sessions will help you view falls as controllable, make lifestyle changes to reduce falls and increase strength and balance with exercise.
During the eight two-hour sessions participants learn to:
- View falls as controllable
- Set goals for increasing activity
- Change environment to reduce fall risk factors
- Promote exercise to increase strength and balance
- What to do if you should fall
This program was developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University, and has been nationally recognized. Region wide facilitator training is offered by Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM).
What participants say:
Participants demonstrated significant improvements after completing A Matter of Balance in their level of falls management, falls control, level of exercise and social limitations with regard to concern about falling.
- "A Matter of Balance was most helpful - it made me more aware of what can be done to assure 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!"
- "It has benefited all of us in that we feel stronger and in more control of our bodies. We would never have started this if it wasn't for taking "A Matter of Balance," so I believe it has changed some people's lives."
- "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!"
Would you like to become A Matter of Balance Coach or would your organization like to offer A Matter of Balance to your community?
Facilitator training sessions, known as coach training sessions, are offered by Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in becoming a coach.