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 an award-winning program designed to reduce the fear of falling, increase confidence and improve activity levels among older adults.
A Matter of Balance is offered as an eight-week series with two-hour sessions held weekly, or a four-week series with two-hour sessions twice a week.
A Matter of Balance is most appropriate for people who:
- Are 60 or older
- Concerned about falls
- Interested in improving flexibility, balance, and strength
Participants learn how to:
- View falls as controllable
- Set goals for increasing activity
- Make changes to reduce their fall risk at home
- Exercise to increase strength and balance
Would you like to learn more about MSU Extension's falls prevention programming? Visit our falls prevention page or MSU Extension's other falls prevention program, Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention.
Want to find a falls prevention class near you? Visit your county's MSU Extension's page.
Do you know if your home is free of fall hazards? Check out the CDC's "Check for Safety" brochure to learn how you can help prevent falls in your own home.
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