Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and Community Aging and Retirement Services (CARES) are now offering A Matter of Balance, a proven program designed to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity. Classes start Monday, April 25 and occur two times a week for a duration of four weeks. Classes last two hours each session and classes are from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls program is conducted in 8 two-hour sessions and uses group discussion, problem-solving strategies, videos and gentle physical exercise. The program is led by a Master Trainer through National Program Mentoring provided by Community Aging and Retirement Services (CARES). Older adults learn positive coping methods to reduce fear of falling and remain active and independent.
A Matter of Balance helps participants become more confident about managing falls by believing that they can increase their strength, find ways to reduce falls, and protect themselves if they do fall. In addition, participants report that they have increased the amount they exercise on a regular basis.
Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information and reservations call 1-877-4-HCA-DOCS (1-877-442-2362).
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls
This program is based on Fear of Falling: A Matter of Balance. Copyright ©1995 Trustees of Boston University. All rights reserved. Used and adapted by permission of Boston University.
A Matter of Balance Lay Leader Model
Recognized for Innovation and Quality in Healthcare and Aging, 2006, American Society on Aging. A Matter of Balance Lay Leader Model was developed by a grant from the Administration on Aging (#90AM2780). CARES holds the license to provide this program in Pasco and Pinellas Counties. The Master Trainer provides quality assurance and leader training as part of the Health & Wellness Program under CARES, the lead agency for elderly services in Pasco County.