Highland Valley Elder Services-Evidenced Based Healthy Aging

Since 2004, Highland Valley Elder Services has participated in the statewide Stanford Model to offer consumers and caregiver’s educational programs developed by Stanford University. Currently Highland Valley has trained master trainers, leaders, trained staff and volunteers who conduct workshops using a curriculum developed by Stanford University. The workshop series provides information and teaches skills on managing specific health issues. Are leaders offer workshops in Chronic Disease Self-Management, Chronic Pain, Diabetes, Cancer:Thriving and Surviving and A Matter of Balance. The goal of all programs is to enable participants to build self-confidence to assume an active role in maintaining their health and managing their medical condition.

Highland Valley participates with the Healthy Living Center for Excellence at Elder Services of Merrimack Valley and the Western Mass Consortium of Healthy Aging Programs.

The Healthy Living Center of Excellence model promotes the integration of evidenced-based self- management programs. The programs are held in diverse community settings within the health care delivery system, through collaboration with community-based organizations, health care providers and plans, government, foundations and for profit-partners.

Matter of Balance Program: Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.

A Matter of Balance includes eight two-hour sessions for a small group led by a trained facilitator. This nationally recognized program was developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University. During the class, participants learn to: 1) view falls as controllable 2) set goals for increasing activity 3) make changes to reduce fall risk at home 4) exercise to increase strength and balance

Who should attend A Matter of Balance? The program was designed to benefit community-dwelling older adults who: 1) are concerned about falls 2) have sustained falls in the past 3) restrict activities because of concerns about falling 4) are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength 5) are age 60 or older, ambulatory and able to problem solve.

Contact Information

320 Riverside Drive
Suite B Florence
MA 01062-2700 
Tel: 413-586-2000