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Free Home Safety and Personal Risk Assessment

A home safety and personal risk assessment helps prevent falls, so you can stay active and live in your own home. Call Johnson County Visiting Nurse Association at 319-337-9686 for an in-home consultation regarding your fall risks and recommendations for increasing your safety at home. There is no charge to Johnson county residents for this consultation visit.

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. The program emphasizes practical strategies. During 8 two-hour sessions, participants 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
  •  Register for a class now by contacting Melissa Adams of The Heritage Agency, by calling 319-398-5559 or emailing melissa.adams@kirkwood.edu.

Who should attend A Matter of Balance class?

  • 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

Who leads the classes?

Classes are lead by two volunteer coaches from our community. Volunteers are trained by a certified Matter of Balance Master Trainer. In eastern Iowa, A Matter of Balance is a program of the Heritage Area Agency on Aging.
 

Stepping On Program

Stepping On is an evidence-based falls prevention program that empowers older adults to carry out health behaviors that reduce the risk of falling. Community-based workshops are offered once a week for seven weeks using adult education and self-efficacy principles. In a small group setting, participants learn balance exercises and develop specific knowledge and skills to prevent falls. Topics covered include improving balance and strength, home and environmental safety, vision, and medication review. Workshops are highly participative; mutual support and success build up participants' confidence in their ability to manage their health behaviors to reduce the risk of falling. There is a registration fee that covers the cost of materials, including exercise manual, handouts, snacks, and rental of the weights. Partial scholarships may be available.