Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Department or Program
Department or Program Chair
Ruth Ramsey, EdD, OTR/L
Kitsum Li, OTD, OTR/L
Aims: The purpose of this program evaluation was to determine if A Matter of Balance with volunteer lay leaders (AMOB/VLL) was effective in increasing fall self-efficacy, fall control, and fall management in community-dwelling older adults.
Methods: Participants included community-dwelling older adults over the age of 60 who were concerned about falls and attended at least five of the eight AMOB/VLL program sessions. Fear of falling, pretest, posttest, and 3-, 6-, and 12- month follow-up data were collected from program participants between 2012 and 2013.
Results: Participants demonstrated overall improvements in fall self-efficacy, fall control, and fall management. Qualitative analysis also showed that participants made behavioral, environmental, and physical changes after completing AMOB/VLL. There was also an overall improvement in sit-to-stand scores from pretest to posttest (M = 1.34, SD=2.49).
Conclusions: Findings show that AMOB/VLL is effective in decreasing fear of falling by increasing fall self-efficacy, fall control, and fall management.
Lau, Tiffany; Reyes, Victoria; Angeles, Adrienne; and Hollaway, Leslie, "A Matter of Balance: Program Outcomes for Community-Dwelling Older Adults" (2015). Graduate Master's Theses, Capstones, and Culminating Projects. 137.