Managing Concerns About Falls

Chances are you know someone who has fallen or who is afraid of falling.

A Matter of Balance is a program designed to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Trained facilitators (coaches) conduct eight two-hour sessions designed for groups of 10-12 participants. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable and set realistic goals for increasing activity. They also find ways to change the environment to reduce fall risk factors and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. the program serves adults who are ambulatory and able to problem-solve who are 55 years and older.

MOB Classes

Classes are offered several times a year at faith-based organizations, senior centers, assisted living communities and senior housing complexes.

The Health Department is looking for sites to host classes and also seeking volunteers to train as coaches. Training takes place twice each year. For more information, call 610.344.5340.
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Pictured above - MOB participants proudly display their certificates at the Kennett Area Senior Center after completing the 8-week course

Links
MaineHealth - Partnership for Healthy Aging
CDC Preventing Falls Among Older Adults