Balance lesson works to help seniors avoid falls

(NEWS CENTER) -- According to the 2013 Census, 17.7 percent of people in Maine are over the age of 65. Diane Atwood said that for every person over 65, one in three of them will fall. Every seven minutes one of them will end up in the hospital. Diane said falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury, hospitalization and death among older Mainers.

Diane said that 89-year-old Barbara Stetson fell when her cane got caught in a crack in the sidewalk. Thankfully, she didn't break any bones. Diane said Barbara attended a program called A Matter of Balance, which teaches the elderly how to prevent falls. Barbara said she learned that she needed to slow down.

Matter of Balance includes eight, two-hour sessions with a small group and a trained facilitator. The Roybal Center at Boston University developed the program, and it works to increase strength and balance to help older people avoid falls.

Visit Diane Atwood's blog, Catching Health, for more about preventing falls and to learn about brain aneurysms, a recent topic Diane has explored.


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