‘The Matter of Balance’
program of the HATF
HATF hosted the first two ‘Matter of Balance’ workshops at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center and at The Anchors in Edgartown.
The peer-led programs focused on lessening the fear of falling, teaching fall prevention, and providing exercises to improve balance, strength, and confidence. Look for new groups forming in 2015.
Bright ideas to help prevent falling at night:
The Light Fantastic - Weave Christmas tree lights (the ones that come in a clear tube) around the bottom of your banister rails so you’ll have 'footlights' to follow all the way down your stairs.
The Solar System - Stick glow-in-the-dark stars over the top and around the top edge of the doorway on the inside and outside of your bedroom – and outside and inside the bathroom. These night stars will guide you out of your room and into the bathroom, and back to your bedroom. The stars absorb light during the day (and aren't visible), and give back direction at night.
Watch a short video on A Matter of Balance:
“After taking part in the workshop, I now know what to do if I or one of my friends falls. In three steps I can easily get up safely. Our instructor, Kathleen, was so knowledgeable and made everyone feel at ease. Many folks I know don’t want to walk with a cane or a walker, so the risks are even higher. Balance is such a problem as we get older – it comes with the territory!”
- Betty Brady, Matter of Balance participant. (81 years young!)
Photo courtesy of Anchors