A Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed for older adults to manage falls and increase activity levels. Two trained coaches guide participants through learning and activities that emphasize strategies to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. A Matter of Balance is an 8-week structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance. Participants show improved balance, flexibility and strength while viewing falls as controllable.
Workshops are offered through the statewide Juniper network—a centralized the hub of community providers delivering evidence-based programs to help people manage chronic health conditions, improve balance and prevent falls, and foster well-being. Evidence-based programs are those that are developed and verified
by researchers. Become a Coach by attending the one-day training
WHAT’S REQUIRED TO BE A LEADER?
• Willingness to lead small groups
• Good communication and
• Enthusiastic and motivating –
able to guide discussions
• Manage class logistics including
attendance, evaluations and fees
• Willingness to coach classes at
least once per year
• Ability to perform range of motion
and low-level endurance
exercises – ability to carry 20 lb.
WORKSHOP TOPICS INCLUDE:
• Promote a view of falls and fear
of falling as controllable
• Setting realistic goals for
• Changes to the environment to
reduce fall risk factors
• Promote exercise and activities
to increase strength and balance
8 weeks, 1x per week, 2 hr. per
session – 16 hours total OR twice a
week for 4 weeks, 2 hrs. each
Cost of training is $50.
Limited scholarships are available on request.
Training will be held at the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging, 221 W 1st Street, Duluth, MN 55802. from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
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