A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have this concern. It is based upon research conducted by the Roybal Center for Enhancement of Late-Life Function at Boston University.

 A Matter of Balance is conducted in 8 two-hour sessions which consist of group discussion, problem-solving strategies, videos, gentle physical exercise and more. Older adults learn positive coping methods to reduce fear of falling and remain active and independent.  

 A Matter of Balance coaches help participants become more confident about managing falls by teaching ways to increase strength, finding ways to reduce falls, and protecting themselves if they do fall. In addition, participants have reported that they have increased how much and how often they exercise.


Who should attend A Matter of Balance

The program was designed to benefit community-dwelling older adults who:

  •  are concerned about falls

  • have sustained a fall in the past

  • restrict activities because of concerns about falling

  • are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength

  • are age 60 or over, ambulatory and able to problem-solve.

2017 summer MOB class schedule, click here: MOB classes

Drinks, snacks, materials provided - class is free!
Call Northland Shepherd's Center at 816-452-4536 to register. 

2017 schedule for new MOB coaches, click here: more coming soon.

What are the requirements to become A Matter of Balance coach? good communication and interpersonal skills, ability to perform range of motion and low-level endurance exercises, ability to carry up to 20 lbs. 


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