A Matter of Balance Workshop
Parrish Medical Center is bringing a new health-education program to the
community. “A Matter of Balance” is an evidence-based program
designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels
of older adults who have this concern. A Matter of Balance is based on
research conducted by the Roybal Center for Enhancement of Late-Life Function
at Boston University.
One in three adults aged 65 and older fall each year. Even if they are
not injured, many who fall develop a fear of falling. This fear may cause
them to limit their activities, which leads to reduced mobility, muscle
strength and balance. This in turn increases their real risk of falling.
It can also compromise social interaction and increase the risk for isolation,
depression, and anxiety.
A large number of falls are preventable. A Matter of Balance acknowledges
the risk of falling and emphasizes practical coping strategies to reduce
fears. Participants learn to view falls and the fear of falling as controllable
and set realistic goals for increasing activity. They also learn ways
to change their environment to reduce fall risk factors and learn simple
exercises to increase strength and balance. Participants who complete
the workshop have increased exercise, social activity, and confidence
that they can manage their fall risk.
Through a grant from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs this program
is currently offered at no cost. Parrish Medical Center has two workshops
scheduled to begin in April. The first workshop begins Monday, April 4
from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and will continue each Monday through May
23 at Parrish Medical Center’s Health & Fitness Center, 2210
Cheney Highway, Titusville. The second workshop begins Thursday, April
7 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and will continue each Thursday through
May 26 at The Children’s Center, 5650 South US 1, Titusville. As
funds are available, Parrish Medical Center will continue to offer Matter
of Balance workshops throughout the community at churches, senior centers,
assisted living facilities and community centers.
“We have chosen to bring this evidence-based program to our community
because we have a higher population of seniors across Brevard County and
in Florida,” says Lori Duester, manager of Parrish Health Village
program development. “We want to empower people to be active managers
of their health and learn strategies to reduce their risk of falling,”
For more information or to register for A Matter of Balance workshop,
contact Jenny Evans at 321-268-6596 or email Jenny.Evans@parrishmed.com.