Published on September 18, 2018

A Matter of Balance: Reducing Risk of Falling

Matter of Balance Class

Do you have concerns about yourself or a loved one falling? Many older adults experience concerns about falling, and restrict their activities to avoid risk.

One way to help prevent falls is to participate in a Matter of Balance class, an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.

Classes are FREE and held once a week for eight weeks for two hours each.

Participants will learn to:

  • view falls as controllable
  • set goals for increasing activity
  • make changes to reduce fall risks at home
  • exercise to increase strength and balance

Who should attend?

  • anyone concerned about falls
  • anyone interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength
  • anyone who has fallen in the past
  • anyone who has restricted activities because of falling concerns

Upcoming Matter of Balance classes will be held in Brainerd, Crosslake and Crosby.

Crosslake Lutheran Church – Tuesdays starting September 18 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Hallett Center Crosby – Tuesdays starting September 25 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Essentia Health Brainerd Clinic – Tuesdays starting September 25 from 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Brainerd Family YMCA– Mondays starting October 1 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

The Center Brainerd – Tuesdays and Fridays starting October 16 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Class size is limited. Register online at or call: Gina Heyer – 218-824-1237 or Joanna Collins – 218-454-2554.

A Matter of Balance Course overview:
Session 1: Course description and fall concerns
Session 2: Ways to think about falls and importance of recognizing concerns
Session 3: Effects of physical activity and balance exercises
Session 4: Physical risk factors and asking for what you need
Session 5: Action plan for exercise and how to change unhelpful thoughts
Session 6: Exercises and recognizing and changing Fall-ty habits
Session 7: Exercises, common home hazards and creating an action plan
Session 8: Exercises and create an action plan for a Fall-ty habit

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