Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls

Des Moines, IA US
September 21, 2019

Registrations are being accepted by invitation only. Priority is given to critical access hospitals that partner with Des Moines University. Please contact Dr. Cindy Utley at 515-271-1615 or to inquire regarding registration. 


According to the Iowa Department of Public Health Trauma Program, falls are the most frequent cause of traumatic injury in Iowa, and account for approximately 70% of the state's incidents in 2016. Falls also account for the greatest proportion of unintentional trauma deaths in Iowa, having increased significantly from 2010 to 2016. Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their physical activity, which can result in weakness and increased risk for falling.

Introduction to Coach Training Program

This nationally recognized, evidence-based program is designed to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels among adults age 60 and older. The program utilizes the Matter of Balance Volunteer Lay Leader model to train certified leaders, called coaches, throughout the community. Coaches then go on to lead a structured group workshop that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants from the community attend the workshop and 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.

During this training, participants will complete 8 hours of training to become a certified Matter of Balance coach. Coaches will be provided with curriculum to utilize when leading their community workshops. Community workshops include eight two-hour sessions with a group of 8-12 participants. Coaches are expected to hold two workshops during their first year of certification and then one workshop per year during each year they would like to remain certified.


8 amWelcome
8:30 amAn Overview of A Matter of Balance Volunteer Lay Leader Model
9:10 amBreak
9:20 amA Matter of Balance Materials
10:15 amBreak
10:30 amSession 1: Introduction to the Program
11:10 amSession 2: Exploring Thoughts and Concerns About Falls
11:45 amLunch
12:45 pmSession 3: Exercise and Fall Prevention
2:15 pmBreak
2:25 pmSession 4:  Assertiveness & Fall Prevention 
Session 5:  Managing Concerns about Falls 
Session 6:  Recognizing Fall-Ty Habits
Session 7:  Recognizing Fall Hazards
Session 8:  Practicing New Habits 
3:30 pmWhat's Next? How Will We Work Together?
3:50 pmQuestions, Answers, Feedback and Ideas
4:10 pmAwarding of Certificates
4:30 pmAdjourn


Margaret DeSio
Contracted Services Director, Aging Resources of Central Iowa
Master Trainer, A Matter of Balance Program

Janet Buls
Program Coordinator, Health and Wellness, Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging
Master Trainer, A Matter of Balance Program

Course summary
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09/21/2019 - 8:00am CDT
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09/21/2019 - 4:30pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Munroe Building
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines' most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.


Hotel Accommodations

There are numerous hotels available in the Des Moines area. Below are a few options located downtown (close to campus), and more can be found on the DMU accommodations website. Some hotels offer shuttle service to DMU, but you must inquire with the hotel directly. Some hotels may offer a discount (based on availability). Mention DMU to your hotel to see if a discount may be available.

Des Moines Marriott – Downtown
700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

  • May offer discounted rates
  • Airport shuttle service
  • Restaurant and lounge
  • Health club and indoor pool

Hyatt Place Des Moines
418 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
515-282-5555 or 888-591-1234

  • Airport shuttle service
  • Complimentary shuttle service to Des Moines University
  • Complimentary Hot American & Continental Breakfast
  • Fitness Center & Indoor Pool
  • DMU Discounted Rate (mention Des Moines University Corporate Rate)

Renaissance Savery Hotel – Downtown
401 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

  • Airport shuttle service
  • Restaurant and lounge
  • DMU discount on standard rooms (based on availability)


The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.


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