HealthEast Care System is partnering with the Minnesota Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging to offer “A Matter of Balance,” an evidence-based program with several goals for participants: reduce the fear of falling, reduce falls, stay safe at home and increase exercise. This program and other studies have validated that exercise—simple stretching exercises sitting in a chair or holding on to a chair—and strength and weight training decrease the risk of falls. Since autumn 2013, nearly 150 people have participated in the program, and in 2015 it will be expanded, including modifications to target patients with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.


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your community.

America's hospitals are open day and night, 365 days a year, to care for everyone who walks through our doors. But we're not here just when you need us. The people of America's hospitals are always working, caring and innovating-strengthening our communities.

 Hospitals are:

  Economic Contributors

Hospitals employ more than 5 million people, making them America's second-largest source of private-sector jobs.

  Gateways to Care

We serve every type of community: urban, rural, large and small. We are constantly working to improve access to care for all patients from newborns to seniors.

  Centers of Innovation

We're bringing the latest medical innovation and technology to patients, providing highly specialized health care.

  Improving Community Health

Our mission goes beyond treating illness. We strengthen communities by working not just to mend bodies, but to make people and communities healthier.

  Committed to Quality and Safety

We're dedicated to improving patient quality and safety in every community.



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