Fall Prevention

Unintentional falls are the leading cause of injury leading to death among Florida residents ages 65 years and older and the fourth-leading cause of injury death overall. Additionally, falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injury-related hospital admission in Florida.

(Florida Injury Facts: Unintentional Falls, 2012)

By enrolling into our Fall Prevention programs, which address gait and balance problems, we can effectively provide a way to help reduce your risk of falling and help you maintain your functional abilities and independence.

Moving for Better Balance Program 

Moving for Better Balance is a 12-week evidence-based group exercise program developed by researchers at the Oregon Research Institute. The program, based on the principles of Tai Chi, is led by a qualified Instructor and teaches eight movements modified especially for falls prevention.

The program works to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility to enhance overall physical health, which leads to better functioning in daily activities. Participation in the program may also result in better mental health, reduced stress, improved memory and cognition, and increased self-esteem.

The program’s safe and supportive group setting also provides an opportunity for participants to enjoy learning with like-minded adults and find relief from the isolation that can sometimes come from living with limited mobility.

Classes are currently taught in our Four Townes Family YMCA, Ormond Beach Family YMCA, Southeast Volusia YMCA, and Port Orange Family YMCA.


Matter of Balance Program 

A Matter of Balance program consists of eight 2-hour sessions in a small group setting led by trained facilitators. This program emphasizes practical strategies to reduce this fear and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable; set realistic goals to increase activity; change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.

The program was designed to benefit community-dwelling older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls
  • Have sustained falls in the past
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance, and strength
  • Are age 60 or older, ambulatory and able to problem-solve

Currently, this program is ONLY offered at our Port Orange Family YMCA.

Please contact Matt O’Malia, Healthy Living Director at 386-425-5210 or momalia@vfymca.org, for more information or to speak about enrollment into the program in your area.


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