A Matter of Balance (MOB) acknowledges the risk of falling but emphasizes practical coping strategies to reduce this fear.

These include:

  • Promoting a view of falls and fear of falling as controllable
  • Setting realistic goals for increasing activity
  • Changing the environment to reduce fall risk factors
  • Promoting exercise to increase strength and balance.
  • The workshop is conducted over eight sessions, meeting weekly or twice weekly for two hours per session.
  • Meetings are led by 2 trained coaches.
  • A Guest Healthcare Professional visit to the community class.
  • Hosted in a community setting.
  • The program’s goal is to reduce fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and increase activity levels among community-dwelling older adults.

After successfully completing A Matter of Balance:

  • 97% of participants are more comfortable talking about fear of falling
  • 97% feel comfortable increasing activity
  • 99% plan to continue exercising
  • 98% would recommend MOB
  • In 2013: Report to Congress by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services which evaluated Community-based Wellness and Prevention Programs. A Matter of Balance demonstrated a $938 savings with savings in the area of unplanned inpatient hospitalizations, skilled nursing facilities and home health.

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Juniper has a list of evidence-based classes and leader training throughout the state of Minnesota.

To find A Matter of Balance class nearest you, visit their website at www.yourjuniper.org and enter your zip code in the search field.

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