Participants in A Matter of Balance programs set realistic goals to increase physical activity, discuss common concerns and share solutions. They examine and change their environment to reduce fall risk and they learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.
What is it?
- Eight-week workshop (2 hours per week) led by two trained coaches
- Based on research by Boston University and MaineHealth
- Designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels in older adults
Who should attend?
Older adults who:
- Are concerned about falls jeopardizing their independence
- Have had a fall in the past or know someone who has
- Restrict their physical and social activities due to concerns about falling
- Are able to problem solve
What do participants say?
- “I feel more sure of myself after attending the classes.”
- “I’m trying to get out more often and be more social and exercising during the commercials.”
- “The structure of this class was so easy to follow. It encouraged us to think both big and small picture about ‘The what ifs’ and ‘What control I have.'”
For More Information
- Background information about the program: www.mainehealth.org/mob
- Workshop topics (pdf)
- Upcoming classes
- Two-day training session to become a MOB Coach. Please see the MOB Coach Position Description (pdf)
For questions regarding becoming a partner organization with MAAA to offer A Matter of Balance in the seven-county metro area, contact Dave Fink or call 651-917-4633.