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A Matter of Balance

Managing Concerns About Falls

A Matter of Balance can help reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falling.

How it Works

A Matter of Balance was developed by Boston University and Maine Health. This program is designed for adults 60 and older. Classes are held once per week or twice per week for 8, two hour sessions.

Each class is led by two volunteer coaches and consists of small interactive groups.

Classes Help Participants Learn to:

• View falls and fear of falling as controllable
• Set realistic goals for increasing activity
• Change their environment to reduce fall risk factors
• Promote exercise to increase strength and balance




Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP)

Live Well, Be Well

CDSMP is a workshop that teaches the skills needed in the day-to-day management of chronic conditions and the skills to maintain or increase life’s activities.

The program is designed for people with conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, or other chronic conditions.

How it Works

CDSMP was developed by Stanford University. Classes are held once a week for six weeks. Each session is 2.5 hours, including planned breaks.

Classes are led by two facilitators who suffer from chronic conditions or who are close to someone who does. The classes consist of a small interactive group of peers.

Classes Help Participants Learn to:

• Find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue
• Discover better exercise and nutrition choices
• Communicate more effectively with one’s health care team and family
• Understand and learn ways to manage symptoms
• Get started on making lifestyle changes

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