A Matter of Balance

 

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.

A Matter of Balance can help you if:

  • You are age 60 or older;
     
  • You have fallen in the past;
     
  • You don't do some things you enjoy because you fear falling; or
     
  • You would like to be more flexible, stronger and have better balance.

 

Couple enjoys the outdoors on a bicycle

 

What is it?

A Matter of Balance is a program of small-group workshops offered in your community to help participants view falls as controllable. You will learn to recognize and address various factors in your life and lifestyle that may be increasing your risk of falling. Through group discussion, problem-solving activities, assertiveness training, exercise and skill building, you will be empowered to take simple steps to become more active without the fear of falling.

The eight 2-hour sessions are designed to fit into your schedule. Each session consists of just 8 to 10 participants to give everyone a chance to contribute and benefit. Workshop leaders are not health professionals, but people just like you who have made a commitment to stay falls-free and have been specially trained to help others maintain healthy, active lifestyles free from falls and falls-related injuries.

Participants learn to:

  • View falls as something they can control;
     
  • Set goals and increase their activity levels;
     
  • Make changes around their homes to reduce falls risks; and
     
  • Exercise to increase strength and balance.

 

Put LIFE back  into your life!

A Matter of Balance is one of several programs offered through the Ohio Department of Aging's HEALTHY U Ohio and STEADY U Ohio initiatives. Learn more...
 

 

 

Find A Matter of Balance near you

A Matter of Balance is available from community-based providers in all 88 Ohio counties. Click your county in the map or find your county in the list below for contact information.

Click a county on the map for the Matter of Balance program in your area. Butler Warren Clinton Clermont Hamilton Darke Shelby Logan Champaign Miami Clark Greene Montgomery Preble Van Wert Putnam Allen Auglaize Mercer Hancock Hardin Williams Fulton Lucas Henry Defiance Paulding Wood Ottawa Sandusky Erie Seneca Huron Ashland Richland Crawford Wyandot Marion Morrow Knox Union Delaware Licking Franklin Madison Fayette Pickaway Fairfield Brown Highland Ross Pike Adams Scioto Vinton Jackson Lawrence Gallia Washington Perry Hocking Athens Meigs Morgan Noble Monroe Holmes Tuscarawas Carroll Jefferson Guernsey Coshocton Muskingum Harrison Belmont Lake Cuyahoga Geauga Lorain Medina Summit Portage Stark Wayne Ashtabula Trumbull Mahoning Columbiana

 

Get Involved!

If you represent an organization that would like to bring A Matter of Balance to your community, please contact us!

 

Does it work?

Man does stretching exercisesA Matter of Balance is an award-winning, evidence-based falls intervention. After six months, participants report more control over factors that could cause them to fall, increased exercise and activity levels and fewer falls. They feel more comfortable talking about their fear of falling and plan to continue exercising. Ninety-eight percent of participants would recommend A Matter of Balance to their friends and loved ones.

"I am already noticing a difference in my physical being. I am sure I am a little more mobile than I had been and plan to continue these exercises. Hopefully I'll be jumping over the moon soon."

"I seem to be more aware of every situation for my safety. I now 'stop, look and listen' to my surroundings."

A Matter of Balance won the 2006 Healthcare and Aging Award from the American Society on Aging, as well as the 2006 Innovations and Achievement Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

 

Resources

A Matter of Balance flier

What is A Matter of Balance (MaineHealth)

A Matter of Balance - Local Contacts

County

Sponsor

Contact

Phone

Adams

Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc.

Vicky Abdella

1-800-582-7277

Adams

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Adams

Heartland of Marysville

Tina Young

1-614-565-2295

Allen

Area Agency on Aging 3

Dancie Mohler

1-800-653-7723

Allen

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Allen

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center

Kenan Mylander

1-419-251-3230

Ashland

Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5

Bev Rosich

1-419-524-4144

Ashland

Holmes County General Health District

Monique Holmes

1-330-647-5035

Ashtabula

Area Agency on Aging 11

Ingrid Moore

1-800-686-7367

Ashtabula

Eschman Physical Therapy, LLC

Joseph Eschman

1-330-372-5800

Athens

Muskingum County Center for Seniors

Becky Bruce

1-740-454-9761

Athens

Ohio University Division of Physical Therapy

Brooke Vaughan

1-740-593-1210

Athens

United Seniors of Athens County, Inc.

Joyce Lewis

1-740-594-3535

Auglaize

Area Agency on Aging 3

Dancie Mohler

1-800-653-7723

Auglaize

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Auglaize

Heartland of Marysville

Tina Young

1-614-565-2295

Auglaize

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center

Kenan Mylander

1-419-251-3230

Belmont

Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.

Carol Baker

1-800-945-4250

Belmont

Calcutta and East Liverpool YMCA

Amy Plant

1-330-383-0957

Brown

Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc.

Vicky Abdella

1-800-582-7277

Butler

Partners in Prime

Julie McCartney

1-513-867-1998 ext. 243

Butler

Cincinnati VA Medical Center

Stephanie Circcarella

1-513-861-3100 ext. 5298

Butler

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Carroll

Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.

Carol Baker

1-800-945-4250

Carroll

Calcutta and East Liverpool YMCA

Amy Plant

1-330-383-0957

Champaign

Champaign County OSU Extension Office

Carol Miller

1-937-521-3860

Champaign

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Champaign

Heartland of Marysville

Tina Young

1-614-565-2295

Clark

Champaign County OSU Extension Office

Carol Miller

1-937-521-3860

Clark

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Clermont

Cincinnati VA Medical Center

Stephanie Circcarella

1-513-861-3100 ext. 5298

Clinton

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Columbiana

Calcutta and East Liverpool YMCA

Amy Plant

1-330-383-0957

Columbiana

Eschman Physical Therapy, LLC

Joseph Eschman

1-330-372-5800

Coshocton

Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.

Carol Baker

1-800-945-4250

Coshocton

Calcutta and East Liverpool YMCA

Amy Plant

1-330-383-0957

Coshocton

Holmes County General Health District

Monique Holmes

1-330-647-5035

Coshocton

Muskingum County Center for Seniors

Becky Bruce

1-740-454-9761

Crawford

Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5

Bev Rosich

1-419-524-4144

Cuyahoga

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

Karen Webb

1-800-626-7277

Darke

Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley

Jennifer Coronati

1-937-498-4593

Darke

Heartland of Marysville

Tina Young

1-614-565-2295

Darke

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Defiance

Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.

Robert Sullivan

1-419-725-7038

Defiance

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Defiance

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center

Kenan Mylander

1-419-251-3230

Defiance

ProMedica Toledo Hospital/Trauma Services

Laura Chagin

1-419-291-3853

Delaware

Delaware Health District

Mitchell Briant

1-740-203-2054

Erie

Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.

Robert Sullivan

1-419-725-7038

Erie

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center

Kenan Mylander

1-419-251-3230

Fairfield

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging

Jane Acri

1-614-645-3866

Fayette

Community Action Commission of Fayette County

Judy Havens

1-740-335-7282, ext. 32

Franklin

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging

Jane Acri

1-614-645-3866

Franklin

Heartland of Marysville

Tina Young

1-614-565-2295

Franklin

Ohio Health: Grant Medical Center Trauma Program and Gerlach Center

Anne Goodman

1-614-566-9301

Franklin

Ohio Health: Grant Medical Center

Michelle Murray

1-614-566-9816

Franklin

Upper Arlington Senior Center

Jane Sindel

1-614-583-5320

Fulton

Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.

Robert Sullivan

1-419-725-7038

Fulton

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center

Kenan Mylander

1-419-251-3230

Fulton

ProMedica Toledo Hospital/Trauma Services

Laura Chagin

1-419-291-3853

Gallia

Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc.

Vicky Abdella

1-800-582-7277

Geauga

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

Karen Webb

1-800-626-7277

Greene

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Greene

Heartland of Marysville

Tina Young

1-614-565-2295

Guernsey

Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.

Carol Baker

1-800-945-4250

Guernsey

Calcutta and East Liverpool YMCA

Amy Plant

1-330-383-0957

Guernsey

Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center

Samantha White

1-740-439-6681

Hamilton

Cincinnati VA Medical Center

Stephanie Circcarella

1-513-861-3100 ext. 5298

Hamilton

Colonial

Michelle Patrick-Buker

1-513-896-8086

Hancock

Area Agency on Aging 3

Dancie Mohler

1-800-653-7723

Hancock

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Hancock

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center

Kenan Mylander

1-419-251-3230

Hardin

Area Agency on Aging 3

Dancie Mohler

1-800-653-7723

Hardin

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Hardin

Heartland of Marysville

Tina Young

1-614-565-2295

Hardin

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center

Kenan Mylander

1-419-251-3230

Harrison

Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.

Carol Baker

1-800-945-4250

Harrison

Calcutta and East Liverpool YMCA

Amy Plant

1-330-383-0957

Henry

Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.

Robert Sullivan

1-419-725-7038

Henry

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center

Kenan Mylander

1-419-251-3230

Highland

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Hocking

Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (HAPCAP) - SE OH Foodbank

Teresa Cline-Scurlock

1-740-385-0866

Holmes

Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.

Carol Baker

1-800-945-4250

Holmes

Calcutta and East Liverpool YMCA

Amy Plant

1-330-383-0957

Holmes

Holmes County General Health District

Monique Holmes

1-330-647-5035

Huron

Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5

Bev Rosich

1-419-524-4144

Jackson

Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc.

Vicky Abdella

1-800-582-7277

Jefferson

Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.

Carol Baker

1-800-945-4250

Jefferson

Calcutta and East Liverpool YMCA

Amy Plant

1-330-383-0957

Knox

Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5

Bev Rosich

1-419-524-4144

Knox

Holmes County General Health District

Monique Holmes

1-330-647-5035

Lake

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

Karen Webb

1-800-626-7277

Lawrence

Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc.

Vicky Abdella

1-800-582-7277

Licking

Holmes County General Health District

Monique Holmes

1-330-647-5035

Licking

Muskingum County Center for Seniors

Becky Bruce

1-740-454-9761

Franklin

Ohio Health: Grant Medical Center

Michelle Murray

1-614-566-9816

Logan

Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley

Jennifer Coronati

1-937-498-4593

Logan

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Logan

Heartland of Marysville

Tina Young

1-614-565-2295

Lorain

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

Karen Webb

1-800-626-7277

Lucas

Area Agency on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.

Robert Sullivan

1-800-472-7277

Lucas

Kahle Senior Center

Cathy S McVicker

1-419-476-2745

Lucas

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center

Kenan Mylander

1-419-251-3230

Lucas

ProMedica Toledo Hospital/Trauma Services

Laura Chagin

1-419-291-3853

Madison

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging

Jane Acri

1-614-645-3866

Madison

Heartland of Marysville

Tina Young

1-614-565-2295

Mahoning

Area Agency on Aging 11

Ingrid Moore

1-800-686-7367

Mahoning

Calcutta and East Liverpool YMCA

Amy Plant

1-330-383-0957

Mahoning

Eschman Physical Therapy, LLC

Joseph Eschman

1-330-372-5800

Marion

Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5

Bev Rosich

1-419-524-4144

Marion

Heartland of Marysville

Tina Young

1-614-565-2295

Medina

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

Karen Webb

1-800-626-7277

Meigs

Meigs County Council on Aging, Inc.

Tracey Smith

1-740-992-2161

Mercer

Area Agency on Aging 3

Dancie Mohler

1-800-653-7723

Mercer

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Mercer

Heartland of Marysville

Tina Young

1-614-565-2295

Mercer

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center

Kenan Mylander

1-419-251-3230

Miami

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Miami

Heartland of Marysville

Tina Young

1-614-565-2295

Monroe

GMN Tri-County CAC

Brenda Todd

1-740-732-4528

Monroe

Monroe County Care Center

Patti Haralson

1-740-472-0144

Montgomery

Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley

Jennifer Coronati

1-937-498-4593

Montgomery

Colonial

Michelle Patrick-Buker

1-513-896-8086

Montgomery

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Morgan

Riverside Landing

Amy Nichols

1-740-962-5303

Morrow

Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5

Bev Rosich

1-419-524-4144

Muskingum

Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.

Carol Baker

1-800-945-4250

Muskingum

Calcutta and East Liverpool YMCA

Amy Plant

1-330-383-0957

Muskingum

Muskingum County Center for Seniors

Becky Bruce

1-740-454-9761

Noble

GMN Tri-County CAC

Brenda Todd

1-740-732-4528

Ottawa

Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.

Robert Sullivan

1-419-725-7038

Ottawa

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center

Kenan Mylander

1-419-251-3230

Paulding

Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.

Robert Sullivan

1-419-725-7038

Paulding

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Paulding

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center

Kenan Mylander

1-419-251-3230

Perry

Genesis Healthcare New Lexington Center

Missy Shepard

1-740-342-5161

Perry

Muskingum County Center for Seniors

Becky Bruce

1-740-454-9761

Pickaway

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging

Jane Acri

1-614-645-3866

Pike

Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc.

Vicky Abdella

1-800-582-7277

Portage

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Kim Mozzochi

1-800-421-7277

Preble

Colonial

Michelle Patrick-Buker

1-513-896-8086

Preble

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Preble

Preble County Council on Aging

Stacey Copes

1-800-238-5146

Putnam

Area Agency on Aging 3

Dancie Mohler

1-800-653-7723

Putnam

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Putnam

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center

Kenan Mylander

1-419-251-3230

Richland

Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5

Bev Rosich

1-419-524-4144

Richland

Holmes County General Health District

Monique Holmes

1-330-647-5035

Ross

Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc.

Vicky Abdella

1-800-582-7277

Sandusky

Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.

Robert Sullivan

1-419-725-7038

Sandusky

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center

Kenan Mylander

1-419-251-3230

Scioto

Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc.

Vicky Abdella

1-800-582-7277

Seneca

Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5

Bev Rosich

1-419-524-4144

Shelby

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Shelby

Heartland of Marysville

Tina Young

1-614-565-2295

Stark

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Kim Mozzochi

1-800-421-7277

Stark

Holmes County General Health District

Monique Holmes

1-330-647-5035

Summit

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Kim Mozzochi

1-800-421-7277

Trumbull

Area Agency on Aging 11

Ingrid Moore

1-800-686-7367

Trumbull

Calcutta and East Liverpool YMCA

Amy Plant

1-330-383-0957

Trumbull

Eschman Physical Therapy, LLC

Joseph Eschman

1-330-372-5800

Tuscarawas

Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.

Carol Baker

1-800-945-4250

Tuscarawas

Calcutta and East Liverpool YMCA

Amy Plant

1-330-383-0957

Tuscarawas

Holmes County General Health District

Monique Holmes

1-330-647-5035

Union

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging

Jane Acri

1-614-645-3866

Union

Heartland of Marysville

Tina Young

1-614-565-2295

Van Wert

Area Agency on Aging 3

Dancie Mohler

1-800-653-7723

Van Wert

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Van Wert

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center

Kenan Mylander

1-419-251-3230

Vinton

Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc.

Vicky Abdella

1-800-582-7277

Warren

Colonial

Michelle Patrick-Buker

1-513-896-8086

Warren

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Cheryl Wheeler

1-937-921-0049

Washington

Belpre Senior Center

Karen Alloway

740-423-6022

Washington

Genesis Marietta Center

Joan Florence

1-740-373-1867

Washington

Muskingum Skilled Nursing & Rehab. Center

Sara Smith

1-740-984-4262

Wayne

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Kim Mozzochi

1-800-421-7277

Wayne

Holmes County General Health District

Monique Holmes

1-330-647-5035

Williams

Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.

Robert Sullivan

1-419-725-7038

Williams

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center

Kenan Mylander

1-419-251-3230

Wood

Area Agency on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.

Robert Sullivan

1-800-472-7277

Wood

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center

Kenan Mylander

1-419-251-3230

Wood

ProMedica Toledo Hospital/Trauma Services

Laura Chagin

1-419-291-3853

Wood

Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc.

Danielle Brogley

1-419-353-5661

Wyandot

Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5

Bev Rosich

1-419-524-4144