Mississippi State Department of Health

A Matter of Balance: Falls Prevention Training


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.

Preventing Falls

Falls can be dangerous for older adults, but they are avoidable. Simple steps can help:

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:

Workshop Overview



For more information, or to schedule A Matter of Balance training, contact:

MSDH Falls Prevention Program

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.

Links referenced on this page
More on preventing falls    https://www.ncoa.org/older-adults/health/prevention/falls-prevention
6 Steps for Preventing Falls Among Your Older Loved Ones    https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/preventing-falls-tips-for-older-adults-and-caregivers/6-steps-to-protect-your-older-loved-one-from-a-fall/
Debunking the Myths of Older Adults and Falls    https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/preventing-falls-tips-for-older-adults-and-caregivers/debunking-the-myths-of-older-adult-falls/
National Council On Aging    https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/
InjuryPrevention@msdh.ms.gov    mailto:InjuryPrevention@msdh.ms.gov?subject=Matter%20of%20Balance

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