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Two of the most popular ways to maintain health and fitness as an older adult is through classes and home exercises. Scientific research has shown that improving balance is key to decreasing risk of falling.  

But how does one choose a class that is likely to help improve balance? What types of activities should one do at home to improve balance? How can an instructor make their class good for balance and falls prevention? What are the ‘keys’?

To answer these questions, the Dane County Falls Prevention Task Force in Wisconsin identified evidence-based criteria for the types of activities shown to improve balance. These are ‘The Keys to Better Balance’!


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Treatment Key

Safe communities has complied a list of abbreviation definitions for finding the right treatment for you.

MAT: Medication for Addiction Treatment.
OP: Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends. individual and group therapy, these can include or not include MAT.
IOP: Intensive Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends individual and extended groups, 9-12 hours a week.
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PHP: Partial Hospitalization Program is a structured mental health treatment program that runs for several hours each day, three to five days per week.
DBT: Dialectical behavior therapy is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that integrates mindfulness techniques.