A Matter of Balance 8-week Course

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A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls

Provided by: Montgomery County Health Department in the Friends Learning Lab of the Huntingdon Valley Library

Coaches: Pat Fallon, Master Trainer and Cory McGinn, Coach

This 8-week course is an award-winning program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity level of older adults who have concerns about falls.  The course consists of 8, two-hour sessions taught by trained volunteer Matter of Balance coaches.  We will meet once a week for 8 weeks.  The class is limited to 15 participants, but we will have a wait list and the possibility to schedule a second class.  Registration is a commitment to attend all 8 classes, as they build upon one another.

The course is open to anyone:

  • concerned about falls
  • interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength
  • who has fallen in the past
  • who has restricted activities because of falling concerns
  • who is age 60 or older, ambulatory and able to problem-solve

The program also includes a free visual screening, home safety information, and prescription medication misuse presentation.

For more information, please contact Pat Fallon: 610-278-5117 x 6782 or email: pfallon@montcopa.org

Course Schedule – all courses are on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the Friends Learning Lab (1st floor).

NOTE: Registration is required, class size is limited to 15.  Register at the March 2 posting. There is a wait list, as well.

  • March 2 – Introduction to the program
  • March 9 – Exploring thoughts and concerns about falling
  • March 16 – Exercise and fall prevention
  • March 23 – Assertiveness and fall prevention
  • March 31 – Managing concerns about falls
  • April 6 – Recognizing fall-ty habits
  • April 13 – Recognizing fall hazards in the home and community
  • April 20 – Practicing no fall-ty habits fall prevention: Putting it all together