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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:

  • Falls Efficacy
  • Falls Management
  • Falls Control
  • Exercise Level
  • Monthly Falls

Participation satisfaction:

  • 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.