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A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. This program utilizes volunteer coaches to teach the eight two-hour sessions.


Classes help participants learn to:

  • View falls and fear of falling as controllable
  • Set realistic goals for increasing activity
  • Change their environment to reduce fall risk factors
  • Promote exercise to increase strength and balance


Designed to benefit community-dwelling older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls
  • Have sustained a fall 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


Participants showed improvement in the following areas:

  • Falls efficacy
  • Falls management
  • Falls control
  • Exercise level
  • Monthly falls


Participant satisfaction:

  • 97% are more comfortable talking about fear of falling
  • 97% feel comfortable increasing activity
  • 99% plan to continue exercising
  • 98% would recommend A Matter of Balance


To find classes in your area:

Search for “Matter of Balance” on the MU Extension Events Calendar


For more information about Matter of Balance, contact:

Kelsey Weitzel
Extension Associate & Program Coordinator
Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
University of Missouri Extension


A Matter of Balance Volunteer Lay Leader Model
MaineHealth’s Partnership for Healthy Aging
Used and adapted by permission of Boston University


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Last update: Tuesday, October 09, 2018