Matter of Balance is...
A Matter of Balance is an award winning, evidence-based program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. The program utilizes volunteer coaches to teach the eight two-hour sessions.
Classes help participants learn to:
View falls and fear of falling as controllable
Set realistic goals for increasing activity
Change their environment to reduce fall risk factors
Promote exercise to increase strength and balance
Designed to benefit community-dwelling older 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
Are age 60 or older, ambulatory, and able to problem solve
Participants showed improvement in the following areas:
97% are more comfortable talking about fear of falling
97% feel more comfortable increasing activity
99% plan to continue to exercise
98% would recommend A Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance in Illinois is supported, in part by grant number 90FP0029-01-00, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC. 20201 to Rush University Medical Center. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living Policy.