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Matter of Balance Program for Seniors

“A Matter of Balance” Program for Senior Adults

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 is offering “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 ninetwo-hour sessions for a small group led by trained facilitators from FMH led by Susie Devoy RN, Director of Senior Life Solutions, and Jennifer Bowers, PTA, Director of Therapy Services. Dates for the 9 sessions are: January 14th, 16th, 18th, 21st, 23rd, 25th, 28th & 30thwith the last session to be held on February 1st. Each session will take place from 1pm-3pm in Fairfield Memorial Hospital Medical Arts Complex Community Education Room in Fairfield.  This nationally recognized program is brought to you by Fairfield Memorial Hospital.  To register for the “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