Matter of Balance Program

What is A Matter of Balance?

Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. ​A Matter of Balance acknowledges the risk of falling but emphasizes practical coping strategies to reduce this concern. This nationally recognized program was developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University.


During the class, participants learn to:

  • View falls as controllable
  • Set goals for increasing activity
  • Make changes to reduce fall risk at home
  • Exercise to increase strength and balance
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Who leads a Matter of Balance classes?

Classes are led by trained coaches who have attended training specific to leading MOB classes for older adults.  Coaches lead discussions and exercises through which participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable and set realistic goals for increasing activity.  Participants also find ways to change the environment to reduce fall risk factors and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.
   Screen-Shot-2017-01-13-at-10-40-40-AM.png      Graduates of the December 2016 Matter of Balance Coach Training   

How do I become a Matter of Balance Coach?

The Regional Training Office at Marymount University offers a Matter of Balance Coach Training that  will instruct and certify coaches in leading the “A Matter of Balance” program. Coaches will learn to conduct eight two-hour sessions designed for small groups.  The training session provides an overview of the Matter of Balance Program, and provides the attendees with a plan for setting up a MOB Program in their organization or community. Attendees will be ready to establish and lead a MOB Program upon successful completion of this class.          

      The next MOB Coach  Training session is tentatively scheduled for:

May 2017

*If you have more 10+ individuals ready to be trained, we may be able to offer a special training for your organizations. Please contact us for more information

For information about registering for a Matter of Coach Training session or for any other inquiries please contact:

Susan Bills
Training Coordinator
Regional Training Office at Marymount University
(703) 908-7680




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