A Matter of Balance

Some important facts to remember about seniors and falls:

  • Falls are the number one cause of injuries leading to ER visits, hospitalizations and deaths for Ohioans age 65 and older
  • Falls are not a normal part of aging
  • Most falls can be prevented
  • Council on Aging offers the A Matter of Balance program, which is designed to reduce the risk of falling in seniors

Because falls can potentially have such negative outcomes for seniors, it’s common for them to fear falling so much that they may stop doing the things they enjoy, and even change behavior in a way that actually increases their risk of falling. For example, they may become less active, start shuffling when walking or relying on objects around them for balance.

To help combat this, A Matter of Balance offers a series of eight, two-hour sessions in community settings that teach up to 12 participants a multi-pronged approach to reducing their risk of falling.

Seniors learn to:

  • view falls and fear of falling as controllable
  • set realistic goals for increasing activity
  • change their environment to reduce fall risk factors.
Six of the classes have time dedicated for trained coaches to teach participants exercises that help with strengthening and balance.

The evidence-based program is part of the Ohio Department of Aging’s “STEADY U Ohio,” a statewide collaborative falls prevention initiative.

For questions, email Elaine Hordes, Wellness Program Coordinator.

Check back soon for the 2018 class schedule. 

   

 

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