Understanding Fall Meaning and Context in Marketing Balance Classes to Older Adults Academic Article uri icon


  • This study explored older, community-dwelling adults' attitudes and values about proposed church-delivered balance classes for fall prevention. Community observation, group interviews with stakeholders, key informant interviews, and focus groups with church members ≥ 60 years of age were analyzed in two ways: first for inductive themes expressing community sentiment about fall prevention for older adults, then for content useful in creating locally tailored social marketing messages. Four themes expressed perceptions of fall-prevention programming: de-emphasizing fall risk and emphasizing strength and independence, moving older adults out of their "comfort zones" to join classes, identifying relationships to support fall-prevention activities, and considering gender-based differences in approaches to fall prevention. A content analysis of the same dataset yielded information about preferred places in the community, promotion through churches, a tolerable price, and the balance class product itself. The qualitative results will inform the social marketing program to increase intervention delivery success.


  • Clark, Lauren
  • Thoreson, Sallie
  • Goss, Cynthia W
  • Zimmer, Lorena Marquez
  • Marosits, Mark
  • DiGuiseppi, Carolyn

publication date

  • 2013