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A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls
Many seniors are less active than they should be because they have a fear of falling. This lack of activity, however, can make them weak, which increases their risk of falling. Fear of falling can also lead to isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends. A program called A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent.

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services works with local partners to bring this award winning program to older adults. Currently offered in 10 counties, A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to reduce the fear of falling and to increase activity levels. Participants of the program learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable. They set realistic goals to increase activity; change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.

A Matter of Balance includes eight, two-hour sessions for a small group led by two trained coaches. The program uses group discussion, problem-solving strategies, videos and gentle physical exercise.

For more information on A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls, or to find a class near you or volunteer to become a coach, please call: 609-633-8746 or visit www.state.nj.us/health/senior/healthease.shtml#balance.

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