A Matter of Balance is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. The program was developed and formally evaluated by the Roybal Center for Enhancement of Late-Life Function at Boston University using a grant from the National Institute on Aging. It acknowledges the risk of falling but emphasizes practical coping strategies.
Trained facilitators, students from Fairfield University School of Nursing, conduct eight two-hour sessions for a group of 10 to 12 participants. The class learns how to view falls and fear of falling as controllable and set realistic goals for increasing activity. Participants also discover ways to change the environment to reduce fall risk factors and learn simple exercises to improve strength and balance.