Each year, 2.8 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Those injuries can result in people developing a fear of falling and limiting their activities. But help is available through the free A Matter of Balance program that begins Jan. 23 at Medical City Fort Worth.
A Matter of Balance is a nationally recognized eight-week program offering practical strategies and exercises to help seniors improve balance, reduce fall hazards in the home and increase activity levels. The program offers two-hour classes once a week, led by certified rehabilitation instructors at Medical City Fort Worth.
Orthopedic surgeon Thad Dean, DO, says he cares for many patients who have had hip fractures or broken bones from falls.
“The number of falls we are seeing each year is increasing,” Dr. Dean said. “Falls can have a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life, as well as on the life of their family.”
Dr. Dean says the A Matter of Balance program is a good option to help some of his patients return to a level of activity that is safe and to help prevent them from having further issues with falls.
Registration for the free A Matter of Balance program is available by phone at 1-855-807-5292 or online at MedicalCityFortWorth.com (About Us >Classes & Events). A Matter of Balance is a collaborative effort of Sixty and Better, Tarrant County Public Health and Medical City Fort Worth. Generous funding is provided by United Way and Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County.