July 28, 2011
A Matter of Balance is an evidence-based program designed to
reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who
have this concern. A Matter of Balance is based upon research conducted by the
Roybal Center for Enhancement of Late-Life Function at Boston University.
One out of three adults age 65 and older fall each
year. Many people who fall, even if they are not injured, develop a fear of
falling. This fear may cause them to limit their activities, leading to reduced
mobility, muscle strength and balance, which in turn increases their actual
risk of falling. It can also compromise social interaction and increase the
risk for isolation, depression, and anxiety. A large number of falls are
preventable. A Matter of Balance acknowledges the risk of falling and
emphasizes practical coping strategies to reduce fears. Participants learn to
view falls and the fear of falling as controllable and set realistic goals for
increasing activity. Participants also learn ways to change their environment
to reduce fall risk factors and learn simple exercises to increase strength and
balance. Participants who complete the workshop have increased exercise, social
activity, and confidence that they can manage their fall risk.
This program is currently offered at no
cost through a grant from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. PMC has two workshops scheduled. The first workshop
begins Thursday, August 4 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and will continue each
Thursday through September 22 at The Children’s Center, 5650 South US1,
Titusville. The second workshop begins Friday, September 30 from 9:30 a.m. to
11:30 a.m., and will continue each Friday through November 18 at Parrish’s
Health & Fitness Center, 2210 Cheney Highway, Titusville. As funds are available,
Parrish Medical Center will continue to offer Matter of Balance workshops
throughout the community at churches, senior centers, assisted living
facilities and community centers.
“We have chosen to bring this evidence-based program
to our community because we have a higher population of seniors across Brevard
County and in Florida. We want to empower people to be active managers of their
health and learn strategies to reduce their risk of falling,” says Lori
Duester, manager of Parrish Health Village program development.
For more information or to register for A
Matter of Balance workshop, contact Jenny Evans at 321-268-6596 or email Jenny.Evans@parrishmed.com.
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