Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall? If so, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program for you.

Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends. A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent.

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.

ATSU AHEC Program Office and the University of Missouri Extension are offering two classes of A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls starting on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. at the Schuyler County Courthouse at 110 West Washington St., Lancaster, Missouri. The second class begins Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at the Scotland County Health Department located at 214 West Madison St., Memphis, Missouri. The Program cost is free, a workbook is provided, and refreshments are served.

Please call Debbie Blessing at 660.626.2898 to register or for more information.

This program is based on Fear of Falling: A Matter of Balance created by Boston University. It has been recognized with the 2006 Innovation and Qualify in Healthcare and Aging award from the American Society on Aging. This program was developed by a grant from the Administration on Aging.