Want to learn more about reducing the risk of a fall for you or a loved one?
Contact Janet Montoya at [email protected].
Every day in the United States, 10,000 people turn 65. Among adults over age 65, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. And while one in three adults over age 65 experience a fall, many more also experience a fear of falling - a fear that limits their activities, resulting in physical weakness and an increased risk of falling.
A Matter of Balance Workshops
A Matter of Balance is an eight-week structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels.
Participants learn to:
- View falls and fear of falling as controllable
- Set realistic goals to increase activity
- Change their environment to reduce fall risk factors
- Exercise to increase strength and balance
Want to learn more about reducing the risk of a fall for you or a loved one? Contact Janet Montoya at [email protected].
Matter of Balance Certification Training
This two-day certification training session will provide you with information and materials to coach A Matter of Balance workshop in your community.
MetroHealth Old Brooklyn Health Center
4229 Pearl Rd.
August 1 and August 2, 2019
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cleveland, OH 44109
- Contact Elizabeth Taylor at 216-957-2483 or email [email protected] or
- Alice Simon at 216-421-1350, ext. 184
What You Can Do
There are several things you can do to limit your risk for falling.
Exercise and Eat Right
- Exercise increases strength and improves balance, making a fall less likely. Weight-bearing exercise can lower the risk of hip fractures in a fall.
- Enroll in a Matter of Balance workshop to improve your balance, flexibility and strength. MetroHealth collaborates with Fairhill Partners in delivering this nationally-recognized program to our community.
- Get adequate calcium and Vitamin D from food and/or supplements.
Talk to Your Doctor
- Have a doctor or pharmacist review your medications to reduce the chance of risky side effects. Some medications (or combinations of medications) can lead to side effects that cause falls.
- Have your eyes checked yearly, and ensure your glasses are the correct strength.
- Get screened for osteoporosis, and treated if necessary.
Eliminate Hazards in Your Home
- Remove things you can trip over from stairs and places you walk.
- Install handrails and lights on all staircases.
- Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep rugs from slipping.
- Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool.
- Put grab bars inside and next to the tub or shower and next to your toilet.
- Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
- Improve the lighting in your home. Hang lightweight curtains or shades to reduce glare.
- Wear shoes both inside and outside the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers.
- Home Safety Checklist
- Check Your Risk for Falling
- Six Steps to Prevent a Fall (English | Spanish)
- Protect Your Older Loved One from Falls