Course at a Glance

October 5 to November 23
HSU Campus: Kinesiology and Athletics Lecture Room 256

HSU’s Matter of Balance


With Justus Ortega

A Matter of Balance is an evidenced-based, award-winning program designed to help older adults reduce the fear of falling and increase physical activity. The program was designed to benefit anyone concerned about falling or who has had a fall in the past or restricted their activities due to the fear of falling. People who have an interest in improving flexibility are also candidates for the program. The program teaches participants to think about the fear of falling as being controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity and work on changing their environment to reduce their risk. The interactive workshops are facilitated by two trained coaches. Classes are offered once a week for eight weeks and each class is a maximum of two hours long. Most classes have from 8-16 participants who engage in group discussion, problem-solving, brainstorming, sharing and participating in A Matter of Balance exercises. Each participant receives a manual to use during the workshop which contains the class activities and homework. A Matter of Balance exercises are also in the manual. It’s not a full two hour exercise program, but exercises are a big component of the program and are introduced during the third session. Participants will learn how to: • View falls as controllable • Set realistic goals for increasing activity • Reduce their fall risk at home and in their environment • Increase balance with the exercises

Sat., Oct. 5-Nov. 23 • 10 a.m.-noon

HSU Campus: Kinesiology and Athletics Lecture Room 256

$90 • Class #: 43867

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Justus Ortega

Justus Ortega

Justus Ortega, Ph.D., is the director of the HSU Biomechanics Lab, where he and his students conduct novel research related aging and fall risk, and provide the community with health and performance-related biomechanical testing and evaluation. His research with the Matter of Balance program is aimed at increasing opportunities for seniors to stay active in our community.