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A Matter of Balance: Falls Prevention Training

 
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Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls are costly, in dollars and in quality of life. However, falling is not an inevitable part of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based programs, and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be reduced substantially.

Falls Prevention Program for Older Adults and Caregivers

The Mississippi State Department of Health offers A Matter of Balance, an evidence-based falls management program, across the state at no cost to participants. A Matter of Balance is an 8-week group training that emphasizes practical ways to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance. The program was designed to benefit community-dwelling older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls
  • Have sustained falls in the past
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength
  • Are age 60 or older, ambulatory and able to problem solve

Workshop Overview

  • Session 1: The group is introduced to the concept of helpful and unhelpful beliefs about falls and concerns about falling.
  • Session 2: Exploring Thoughts and Concerns about Falling
  • Session 3: Exercise and Fall Prevention
  • Session 4: Assertiveness and Fall Prevention
  • Session 5: Managing Concerns about Falling
  • Session 6: Recognizing Fall-ty Behavior
  • Session 7: Recognizing Fall Hazards in the Home and Community
  • Session 8: Practice No Fall-ty Habits and Fall Prevention: Putting It All Together

Schedule a Matter of Balance Course

MSDH provides free Falls Prevention training for your community organization. To arrange A Matter of Balance training for your group, please send e-mail to Nikki.Johnson@msdh.ms.gov.

Resources

For more information please contact:

Nikki Johnson
MSDH Falls Prevention Program Manager
Nikki.Johnson@msdh.ms.gov
601-206-1559

MSDH offers these program and services to communities through funds received from the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, which oversees the Traumatic Brain Injury/Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund Program.

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Last reviewed on Sep 11, 2017
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