Statewide implementation of the 'A matter of balance/volunteer lay leader' model

Marcia G. Ory, Matthew Lee Smith, Reuben Parrish

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Falls are a significant public health problem among older adults. For the 20% to 30% of seniors who experience moderate to severe fall-related injuries, the incident may act as a catalyst for a downward cycle, which may result in premature mortality without intervention efforts. Researchers at Boston University developed A Matter of Balance to help decrease older adults' anxiety about falling and increase their activity levels through exercises designed to reduce falls risks. The efficacy of their behaviorally-based approach, using a trained health care provider to oversee the recommended exercises, was examined in a controlled randomized clinical trial. Immediately following the intervention, the experimental group showed a significant increase in the confidence to prevent and manage falls, and had fewer mobility and activity restrictions. Long-term effects included improved social functioning and mobility range.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-90
Number of pages3
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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