A Matter of Balance

Tri-County Health Department is the regional coordinating agency for A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls (www.mainehealth.org/mob). In partnership with the Denver Regional Council of Governments, TCHD engages with community organizations to offer this evidence-based class, at no charge, to adults age 60 and over. Class sites are spread across our counties and include active adult centers, independent living senior residences, recreation centers, and other easily accessible locations. For more information or to register for a class, contact the Matter of Balance Program Coordinator, Barbara Lyons (mail to: blyons@tchd.org) or call 720-200-1572. Class size is limited to 10-15 participants, so early registration is recommended.


Who should attend?

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

What will I learn to do?

  • View falls as controllable
  • Set goals for increasing activity
  • Make changes to reduce fall risks at home
  • Seated and standing exercises to increase balance, flexibility, strength and endurance in sessions 3-8

What is the curriculum?

The class is composed of eight 2-hour sessions, offered one session each week for 8 consecutive weeks. Each session includes information and discussion:

  • Exploring thoughts and managing concerns about falling
  • Assertiveness and fall prevention, practicing no fall-ty habits
  • Recognizing fall hazards in the home and community
A Guest Healthcare Professional (RN) is available in one of the sessions to demonstrate safe ways to get up from a fall and answer general questions about hearing, vision, medications, and chronic conditions.

Are volunteer opportunities available?

Yes! TCHD welcomes adults who are interested in supporting healthy aging initiatives and are comfortable leading small groups with a preplanned curriculum. The commitment is very part time with a flexible schedule. Coach training classes are offered multiple times each year. Anyone interested in joining this phenomenal team should contact the Matter of Balance Program Coordinator, Barbara Lyons (mail to: blyons@tchd.org) or call 720-200-1572.