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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 Courses


Canby

Dates: May 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27 and July 11, 18, 25
Day :Fridays
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
City: Canby
Location: Canby Adult Center 
Address: 1250 S Ivy Street Canby, OR 97013
Open Free to General Public 60 or older


Oregon City

Dates:  August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, September 5, 12, 19
Day: Friday
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
City: Oregon City
Location: Pioneer Community Center
Address: 615 5th St Oregon City, OR
Open Free to General Public 60 or older
 

 

Wilsonville

Dates: September 12,19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Day: Friday
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
City: Wilsonville
Location: Wilsonville Community Center
Address: 7965 SW Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville, OR 97070
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

zundel@ohsu.edu
971 344-1154 (cell)
503 494-5353 (office)

Shelby Martin Education Coordinator

matterofbalance@ohsu.edu
503 312-5074 (cell)
503 494-7801(office)

Two-Hour Seminars

1.Date: 6/18/2014
Day: Wednesday
Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
City: Gladstone
Location: Sommerset Assisted Living Address: 8360 Cason Rd. Gladstone, Oregon 97027
Open Free to General Public

2.Date: 6/30/2014
Day: Monday
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM 
City: Damascus
Location: Damascus Community Church Address: 14251 SE Rust Way, Damascus, Oregon 97089
Open Free to General Public

3. Date: 7/10/2014
Day: Thursday
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
City: Canby
Location: Rackleff Place
Address: 655 SW 16th Ave Canby, Oregon 97013
Open to Rackleff Place Residents Only

4. Date: 7/16/2014
Day: Wednesday
Time: 100:00 AM to 12:00 PM
City: Wilsonville
Location: Wilsonville Community Center
Address: 7965 SW Wilsonville Rd
Wilsonville, Oregon 97070
Open Free to General Public

5. Date: 7/17/2014
Day: Thursday
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
City: Wilsonville
Location: Windfield Village
Address: 8170 SW Vlahos Dr
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Open Free to General Public

 

6.Date: 7/23/2014
Day: Wednesday
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
City: Gladstone (Damascus)
Location: Gladstone Senior Center
Address: 1050 Portland Ave,
Gladstone, OR 97027
Open Free to General Public

7.Date: 9/5/2014
Day: Friday
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
City: Canby
Location: Countryside Living (Thelma's Place)
Address: 390 NW 2nd Ave,
Canby, OR 97013
Open to Countryside Residents Only

8. Date: 9/17/2014
Day: Wednesday
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
City: Happy Valley (Damascus)
Location: Glenmoore Gracious Retirement
Living
Address:12154 SE 114th Ct,
Happy Valley, OR 97086
Open Free to General Public

9.Date: 9/22/2014
Day: Monday
Time: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
City: Damascus
Location: Sandy Senior Center
Address: 39250 Pioneer Blvd,
Sandy, OR 97055
Open Free to General Public

10.Date: 9/30/2014
Day: Monday
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
City: Happy Valley (Damascus)
Location: Glenmoore Gracious Retirement Living
Address: 12154 SE 114th Ct,
Happy Valley, OR 97086
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. Learn more about volunteering

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.

Resources

Check for Safety: A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults

What You Can Do to Prevent Falls brochure