A Matter of Balance Master
is A Matter of Balance?
A Matter of Balance is specifically
designed to reduce fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and improve activity levels among
community-dwelling older adults.
The program includes eight two-hour classes presented by trained coaches using an
extensively detailed training manual and two instructional videos.
A Matter of Balance uses practical coping strategies to reduce fear of falling and to
diminish the risk of falling, including group discussions, mutual problem solving, exercises to improve strength,
coordination and balance, and home safety evaluation. This structured group intervention works best with 10-12
MOB is designed to reduce fear of falling and increase activity
levels among older adults who manifest this concern. The program was developed and formally evaluated by the
Roybal Center of Enhancement of Late-Life Function at Boston University with a grant from the National
Institute on Aging. MOB received the Archstone Foundaton Award for Excellence in Program Innovation in 2006.
Community Fitness was chosen to be the Master Trainer Site for Piscataquis County and awarded a start up
grant from Healthy Maine Partnerships to provide materials and promotion for Coach Training throughout the