Most people know someone who has fallen or who is afraid of falling.
“A Matter of Balance” is a proven program designed to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity. Wood County Committee on Aging is looking for volunteers to help provide this program.
The “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls” program is conducted in eight two-hour sessions and uses group discussion, problem–solving strategies, videos and gentle physical exercise. Older adults learn positive coping methods to reduce fear of falling and remain active and independent.
An “A Matter of Balance” coach helps participants become more confident about managing falls by believing that they can increase their strength, find ways to reduce falls and protect themselves if they do fall. In addition, participants report that they have increased the amount they exercise on a regular basis.
Coaches need good communication and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, dependability and a willingness to lead small groups of older adults. Coaches also need to be able to lead low to moderate level exercise.
Coach training classes will be offered April 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the Main Street Church, 705 N. Main St., Walbridge. Participants must be able to attend both sessions in order to be certified.
To attend or obtain more information, call Lynne O’Neil or Kathy Teeple at 1-800-367-4935.