Chances are you know someone who has fallen or who is afraid of falling. A Matter of Balance is a proven program designed to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity.

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is conducted in 8 two-hour sessions and uses group discussion, problem – solving strategies, videos and gentle physical exercise. Older adults learn positive coping methods to reduce fear of falling and remain active and independent.

A Matter of Balance help participants become more confident about managing falls by believing that they can increase their strength, find ways to reduce falls, and protect themselves if they do fall. In addition, participants report that they have increased the amount they exercise on a regular basis.

Catholic Charities of Decatur is offering A Matter of Balance on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 2 – April 30, 9-11 am, at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville. U of I Extension Educator Cheri Burcham will be co-facilitating. There is a $20 suggested donation which includes binder and snacks. Registration is required by calling Alex Spellman of Catholic Charities at 428-0013 by March 29.

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