"A MATTER OF BALANCE" PROGRAM
Program developed at Boston University.
Several States across the USA including Maine,Texas, Massachusetts and others.
"Many older adults share a common fear of falling that is so strong they actually limit their activities. Up to 50% of Americans over the age of 65 who live independently experience a fear of falling. When older adults limit their activity due to this fear, it can reduce their mobility and independence, affecting quality of life and actually increases the risk of future falls."
The “A Matter of Balance” Program helps seniors from falling by providing practical strategies to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels.
Through the Fall Prevention Program seniors learn how to:
-View falls and the fear of falling as controllable
-Are shown how to set realistic goals to increase exercise to increase strength and balance
-Make home modifications or home repairs or change their environment to reduce fall risk factors
The “A Matter of Balance” Program is appropriate for:
- Seniors who are concerned about falls
- Seniors who have had a fall in the past
- Seniors who restrict activities because of concerns about falling
- Seniors who are interested in improving flexibility, balance and
The fall prevention course covers the following topics for senio'rs:
-Exploring Thoughts and Concerns About Falling
-Exercise and Fall Prevention
-Assertiveness and Fall Prevention
-Managing Concerns About Falling
-Recognizing "Fall-ty" Habits
-Recognizing Fall Hazards in the Home and Community
Group fall prevention exercises are also practiced to improve seniors’ strength, flexibility, and endurance.
The “A Matter of Balance” Program is based on the Boston University program, “Fear of Falling: A Matter of Balance.”
source: mmc.org, ncoa.org, fallpreventiontaskforce.org
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