A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have this concern. It is based on research conducted by the Royal Center for Enhancement of Late-Life Function at Boston University.
A Matter of Balance is conducted in 8 two-hour sessions which consist of group discussion, problem-solving strategies, videos, gentle exercise and more. Older adults learn positive coping methods to reduce the fear of falling and remain active and independent.
A Matter of Balance coaches help participants become more confident about managing falls by teaching ways to increase strength, finding ways to reduce falls, and protecting themselves if they do fall.
Who should attend A Matter of Balance?
The program was designed to benefit community-dwelling older adults who:
- Are concerned about falls
- Have sustained a fall in the past
- Restrictive activities because of concerns about falling
- Are interested in improving flexibility, balance, and strength
- Are age 60 or over, ambulatory and able to problem-solve
Fall 2018 schedule:
NKC Hospital: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10 am til noon; September 10 - October 3.
Liberty Silver Center: Mondays & Wednesdays, 1 til 3:00 pm, September 10 - October 3.
New classes starting in 2019! Drinks, snacks, materials provided - class is free!
Call Northland Shepherd's Center at 816-452-4536 for schedule and registration.