Matter of Balance
Falls are the leading cause of emergency ambulance dispatches for Coast Life Support District, one of MHA’s Founding Partners. According to the Centers for Disease Control, falls are the leading cause of non-fatal hospitalizations in the United States. As individuals begin to age into their 60s, many older adults begin experiencing 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. A Matter of Balance is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. This is an 8-week class for residents over the age of 60. Each class is two hours and is designed to accommodate 8-12 participants. The class is taught by MHA staff and volunteers who have all been trained to facilitate the program. A Matter of Balance is provided by MHA at least twice per year and rotates between locations within the Mendonoma Service Area. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning evidence-based program developed by the Roybal Center at Boston University.
This free program will benefit adults who are concerned about falls, have sustained a fall in the past and/or restricted activities because of concerns about falling. Participants should be ambulatory, able to problem solve and actively participant in classroom discussion, and interested in increasing their activity level. At the conclusion of the class, each participant will have learned how to set realistic goals for increasing physical activity and have the necessary knowledge to make changes to their environment to reduce fall risk factors.
To send an inquiry or to register for an upcoming class, please complete the class Waiting List Form on the right-hand side of this page.
This website and MHA’s programs are supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award through the Rural Health Network Development Program totaling $898,645 and through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program totaling $1 million, over a 3-year period, with 80% funded by HRSA/HHS and 20% percentage funded by non-government source(s), such as the Arlene & Michael Rosen Foundation, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, the Community Foundation of Mendocino County and tax-deductible contributions from community members. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, HRSA/HHS or the U.S. Government.