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Partnership for Healthy Aging

What is A Matter of Balance?

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. A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program 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 a trained facilitator. This nationally recognized program was developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University.

During the class, participants 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

Who Should Attend A Matter of Balance?

What Participants Say About A Matter of Balance 

Watch a Video About the Program
Video: View a video about A Matter of Balance


Learn more from Faith Fletcher -- MOB participant, Coach and now Master Trainer
Faith Fletcher - video about falls prevention



 WMTW News 8 featured A Matter of Balance as a program to help older adults stay independent.  

To find a Matter of Balance
class in Maine,
call 1-877-353-3771.

Report to Congress: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Evaluation of Community-based Wellness and Prevention Programs under Section 4202 (b) of the Affordable Care Act


Note: A Matter of Balance analysis begins on page 62.


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