A Matter of Balance (MOB) acknowledges the risk of falling but emphasizes practical coping strategies to reduce this fear.
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.
A Matter of Balance in the News
Find a Class in Your Community
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.
Become a Leader
Leader Training Opportunity:
A Matter of Balance is award winning evidenced-based program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls.
Through classes, participants learn to:
View falls and fear of falling as controllable
Set realistic goals for increasing activity
Change their environment to reduce fall risk factors
Engage in exercise to increase strength and balance
A Matter of Balance curriculum is delivered by two trained leaders. Therefore, it is highly recommended that each agency/site must register at least two people. In order to be certified, leaders must attend both days of training.
At this time, MNRAAA does not have any scheduled A Matter of Balance leader trainings. Please visit YourJuniper.org to find a leader training closest to you.
A Matter of Balance (MOB) Tool Kit for Leaders Outline
These are tools that leaders will need to use to host A Matter of Balance.