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.

 

Resources

A Matter of Balance flier

What is A Matter of Balance (MaineHealth)

Find A Matter of Balance near you

Counties shaded below have active A Matter of Balance programs. All Ohio counties will soon offer the workshop. Please check back as the program expands. 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.

 

 

 

A Matter of Balance - Local Contacts

County

Sponsor

Contact

Phone

Adams

Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc.

Vicky Abdella

1-800-582-7277

Allen

Area Agency on Aging 3

Dancie Mohler

1-800-653-7723

Ashland

Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5

Bev Rosich

1-800-522-5680, ext. 1157

Ashtabula

Area Agency on Aging 11

Ingrid Moore

1-800-686-7367

Athens

Athens Village

Patty Mercer

1-740-594-8226, ext. 406

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

Belmont

Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.

Carol Baker

1-800-945-4250

Brown

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Butler

Partners in Prime

Julie McCartney

1-513-867-1998 ext. 243

Carroll

Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.

Carol Baker

1-800-945-4250

Champaign

Champaign County OSU Extension Office

Carol Miller

1-937-521-3860

Clark

Champaign County OSU Extension Office

Carol Miller

1-937-521-3860

Clermont

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Clinton

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Columbiana

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Coshocton

Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.

Carol Baker

1-800-945-4250

Crawford

Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5

Bev Rosich

1-800-522-5680, ext. 1157

Cuyahoga

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

Karen Webb

1-800-626-7277

Darke

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Defiance

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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

Fairfield

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging

Jane Acri

1-800-589-7277

Fayette

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Franklin

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging

Jane Acri

1-614-645-3866

Franklin

Ohio Health: Grant Medical Center Trauma Program and Gerlach Center

Anne Goodman

1-614-566-9301

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

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

Coming Soon

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Guernsey

Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.

Carol Baker

1-800-945-4250

Guernsey

Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center

Samantha White

1-740-439-6681

Hamilton

Hamilton County Fall Prevention Task Force

Rebecca Stowe

1-513-946-7845

Hancock

Area Agency on Aging 3

Dancie Mohler

1-800-653-7723

Hardin

Area Agency on Aging 3

Dancie Mohler

1-800-653-7723

Harrison

Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.

Carol Baker

1-800-945-4250

Henry

Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.

Robert Sullivan

1-419-725-7038

Highland

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Hocking

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Holmes

Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.

Carol Baker

1-800-945-4250

Huron

Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5

Bev Rosich

1-800-522-5680, ext. 1157

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

Knox

Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5

Bev Rosich

1-800-522-5680, ext. 1157

Lake

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

Karen Webb

1-800-626-7277

Lawrence

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Licking

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Logan

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Lorain

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

Karen Webb

1-800-626-7277

Lucas

Kahle Senior Center

Cathy S McVicker

1-419-476-2745

Madison

Coming Soon

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Mahoning

Area Agency on Aging 11

Ingrid Moore

1-800-686-7367

Marion

Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5

Bev Rosich

1-800-522-5680, ext. 1157

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

Miami

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Monroe

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Montgomery

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Morgan

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Morrow

Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5

Bev Rosich

1-800-522-5680, ext. 1157

Muskingum

Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.

Carol Baker

1-800-945-4250

Noble

Coming Soon

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Ottawa

Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.

Robert Sullivan

1-419-725-7038

Paulding

Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.

Robert Sullivan

1-419-725-7038

Perry

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Pickaway

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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

Preble County Council on Aging

Shelley Ratliff

1-800-238-5146

Putnam

Area Agency on Aging 3

Dancie Mohler

1-800-653-7723

Richland

Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5

Bev Rosich

1-800-522-5680, ext. 1157

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

Scioto

Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc.

Vicky Abdella

1-800-582-7277

Seneca

Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5

Bev Rosich

1-800-522-5680, ext. 1157

Shelby

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Stark

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Kim Mozzochi

1-800-421-7277

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

Tuscarawas

Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.

Carol Baker

1-800-945-4250

Union

Coming Soon

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Van Wert

Area Agency on Aging 3

Dancie Mohler

1-800-653-7723

Vinton

Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc.

Vicky Abdella

1-800-582-7277

Warren

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Washington

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Wayne

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Kim Mozzochi

1-800-421-7277

Williams

Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.

Robert Sullivan

1-419-725-7038

Wood

Coming Soon

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Wyandot

Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5

Bev Rosich

1-800-522-5680, ext. 1157