A matter of balance
Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. A Matter of Balance is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. It includes eight two-hour sessions for a small group of 8-12 participants led by a trained facilitator. This nationally recognized program was developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University.
The program is designed to benefit older adults who:
- Are concerned about falls
- Have sustained falls in the past
- Restrict activities because of concerns about falling
- Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength
- Are age 60 or older, community-dwelling and able to problem solve
The program enables participants to achieve significant goals. They gain confidence by learning to:
- View falls as controllable
- Set goals for increasing activity
- Make changes to reduce fall risk at home
- Exercise to increase strength and balance
St. Paul will be offering A Matter of Balance. The program will be held on Thursdays, Sept. 5-Oct. 24, 1-3 p.m. in the Luther Loft. It is free for people age 60+; $110 for those age 59 and younger. Please inquire if you would like to be considered for a needs-based scholarship. To register, contact Beth Laureijs, email@example.com, 563-326-3547 ext. 215.