Description: A Matter of Balance is a holistic program focused on preventing falls among adults and seniors.
Curriculum/program overview: A Matter of Balance is an award winning program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. This program is taught by University of Missouri Extension Specialists and consists of eight, two-hour sessions. The sessions help participants learn how to view falls and the fear of falling as something controllable. There will also be information on how to set realistic goals for increasing activity, as well as how to change their environment to reduce fall risk factors. In general the program promotes exercise to increase strength and balance to help reduce the risk of falls in older adults.
MU Health Sciences and research states that falls are the most common reason for adult emergency room visits. If falls can be prevented, adults can save thousands of dollars in healthcare expenses. Missouri citizens have identified aging and living independently as priorities for educational programming.
Contact person: Kelsey Weitzel
Evaluation tool: extension.missouri.edu/hes/evaluation/matterofbalance/
Program website: https://extension2.missouri.edu/programs/a-matter-of-balance