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“A Matter of Balance” Program for Senior Adults at FMH

Pictured are the graduates from the last A Matter of Balance Program held in June with course instructors from Fairfield Memorial Hospital, Jennifer Bowers, PTA and Susie Devoy, RN. 

Sitting: Shirley McKibben, Vonda Rickard, Joyce Taylor, Mary Morris, and Dean Mounts.

Standing: Jennifer Bowers, PTA, FMH Director of Therapy Services; Yvonne Berry, Sue Green, Lloyd Rose, June Gray, Jane Parsons, and Susie Devoy, RN, Senior Life Solutions.

Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. To address this concern, Fairfield Memorial Hospital will be offering an A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls program that is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.

A Matter of Balance includes eight two-hour sessions for a small group led by trained facilitators from FMH, Susie Devoy, RN, Director of Senior Life Solutions and Jennifer Bower, PTA, Director of Therapy Services. The first A Matter of Balance Fall Program session will begin on Tuesday, October 3 and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday for a total of 8 sessions from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in Fairfield Memorial Hospital Medical Arts Complex Community Education Room in Fairfield.

This nationally recognized program is being brought to you by Fairfield Memorial Hospital.  To register for these A Matter of Balance program call 618-847-8298.

During the course, participants will learn to:

  • View falls as controllable
  • Set goals for increasing activity
  • Make changes to reduce fall risk at home
  • Exercise to increase strength and balance

The program was designed to benefit community-dwelling older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls
  • Have sustained falls 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