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The Matter of Balance Workshop is an evidence based program developed by Boston University for people who have a fear of falling.  It is given 2 hours, once a week for 8 weeks. The program is facilitated from a detailed manual by two trained leaders.  Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participant’s confidence in their ability to manage their fear of falling and maintain active and fulfilling lives.  The program was designed because:

  • Many older adults manage fear of falling by reducing activity
  • A majority of falls occur during routine activity
  •  Falls usually are not caused by just one issue
  •  A majority of falls are preventable
  •  Reducing activity because of fear of falling results in muscle weakness, poor endurance and loss of balance. All of which increase the risk for falls and the risk of social isolation that may lead to depression and anxiety.
  • Fear of falling actually contributes to fall risk.

Participants set goals, share experiences and help each other solve problems they encounter while managing their concerns about falls. Each participant receives a copy of the Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls Participant Workbook.  Throughout the workshop the following topics are discussed:

  • Setting goals for increasing activity
  • Recognizing fall hazards in the home and community
  • Making changes to reduce fall risks
  •  Exercise to increase strength and balance
  • Managing concerns about falling

A Matter of Balance does not conflict with existing treatment or programs.  For medical questions, participants are referred to their physicians.  If the content of the course conflicts with instructions they receive elsewhere, they are advised to follow their physician’s orders.


For more information, please contact:

Kelsey Magnuson, Wellness Program Coordinator

At kmagnuson@glss.net or 781-586-8530




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