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Matter of Balance for Seniors

Matter of Balance is an eight week, evidence-based senior fall prevention program that was developed at the Roybal Center of Boston University and is promoted by MaineHealth and the Partnership for Healthy Aging. Classes are held throughout Oregon in eight week sessions with a group of ten to twelve participants.

During the class, 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

Matter of Balance Class Flyer 

 

Who should participate in Matter of Balance?

The program was designed to benefit community-dwelling older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls
  • Have sustained falls in the past
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance, and strength
  • Are age 60 years or older, ambulatory, and able to problem solve

 

Current/Upcoming Classes

Current session runs April-May 2014. For more information about upcoming classes, call 503-494-5353 or email matterofbalance@ohsu.edu

 

Matter of Balance 8 Week Fall Prevention Course 

Dates:  April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & May 7, 14, 21
Day: Wednesday
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
City: Damascus
Location: Boring Fire Training Center
Address: 28655 SE Hwy 212, Boring, Oregon 97009


Open Free to General Public 60 or older  

 

Fall Prevention Seminar Schedule 2014

To register for fall prevention seminars please contact one of the following: 

Kayt Zundel Program Director:  971-344-1154 (cell) 503-494-5353 (office)
Shelby Martin Education Coordinator:  503-312-5074 (cell) 503-494-7801(office)
Email: matterofbalance@ohsu.edu  or zundel@ohsu.edu

Seminars:

 

1.Date: 2/25/2014
Day: Tuesday
Time: 10:15 AM-12:15 PM
City: Canby
Location: The Canby Adult Center
Address: 1250 S Ivy St, Canby, OR 97013
Open Free to General Public

2.Date: 2/25/2014
Day: Tuesday
Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
City: Canby
Location: Country Side Living  (Thelma's Place)
Address: 390 NW 2nd Avenue
Open to Country Side Residents

 

3.Date: 2/26/2013
Day: Wednesday
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
City: Damascus
Location: Boring Fire Training Center Address: 28655 SE Hwy 212, Boring, Oregon 97009
Open Free to General Public
 

4.Date: 3/19/2014
Day: Wednesday
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
City: Damascus
Location: Boring Fire Training Center Address: 28655 SE Hwy 212, Boring, Oregon 97009
Open Free to General Public

5.Date: 3/31/2014
Day: Monday
Time 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
City: Wilsonville
Location: Marquis Wilsonville
Address: 30900 SW Parkway Avenue, Wilsonville, OR 97070
Open Free to General Public

6.Date: 4/14/2014
Day: Monday
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM 
City: Wilsonville
Location: Springridge
Address: 32100 SW French Prairie Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070
Open Free to General Public

7.Date: 4/16/2014
Day: Wednesday
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM 
City: Wilsonville
Location: The Springs Living
Address:7600 SW Vlahos, Wilsonville, Oregon, 97070
Open Free to General Public

8.Date: 5/27/2014
Day: Tuesday
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM 
City: Lake Oswego
Location: City Council Chamber
Address: 380 A Avenue, Lake Oswego, Oregon 
Open Free to General Public

Sara will be presenting: saramcc@co.clackamas.or.us

9.Date: 7/30/2014
Day: Wednesday
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
City: Damascus
Location: Boring Fire Training Center Address: 22865 SE Hwy 212, Boring, Oregon 97009
Open Free to General Public

10.Date: 9/10/2014
Day: Wednesday
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
City: Damascus
Location: Boring Fire Training Center Address: 22865 SE Hwy 212, Boring, Oregon 97009
Open Free to General Public

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteer with Matter of Balance

The Matter of Balance program follows a lay leader model, meaning that it is taught by trained volunteers. We are always in need of volunteers who can help lead a class or assist another volunteer in leading a class. Becoming a volunteer coach with Matter of Balance requires a minimum 8-hour training session as well as a commitment to sixteen hours of teaching. For more information on the program or volunteering, you can contact us at 503-494-5353 or email matterofbalance@ohsu.edu. To sign up as a volunteer, simply fill out our new volunteer survey.

 

Sponsoring Partner

A special thanks to the OHSU Trauma Center for collaborating with ThinkFirst Oregon to sponsor the presentation of Matter of Balance throughout the Portland metropolitan area in senior centers and assisted living facilities in an effort to decrease the rate of ground level falls in senior citizens.

 

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