‘A Matter of Balance' - Falls Prevention
The University of Vermont Medical Center offers the free “A Matter of Balance,” a falls prevention program that helps reduce the fear of falling among older adults and makes them more comfortable increasing their activity levels. The program acknowledges the risk of falling, but emphasizes practical coping strategies to reduce this concern.
Trained facilitators conduct eight two-hour sessions designed for groups of 10 to 12 participants. Participants learn to control the fear of falling and set realistic goals for increasing their activity. They also find ways to change their environment to reduce fall-risk factors and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. Studies show that participants see a positive impact on their health.
- After completing “A Matter of Balance”:
- 97 percent of participants are more comfortable talking about fear of falling
- 97 percent feel comfortable increasing activity
- 99 percent plan to continue exercising
For more information on these or any other self-management workshops offered by The UVM Medical Center, contact the Community Health Improvement team at 802-847-2278.