Contact: Lisa Rood
November 25, 2015
Chances are you 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. Erie County Department of Senior Services NY Connects is looking for volunteers to help provide this program.
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls class is conducted in 8 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.
A Matter of Balance coaches help 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.
A Matter of Balance 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.
A Coach Leader training will be held January 20th, 2016 from 9am – 1pm and Jan. 21st from 9 am - 12 pm at the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst NY. As a coach, you will receive training and class materials to lead Matter of Balance classes in the community. If you would like to be trained to be a Matter of Balance coach, please contact NY Connects at 858-8526 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no cost for the training.
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls
This program is based on Fear of Falling: A Matter of Balance. Copyright© 1995 Trustees of Boston University. All rights reserved. Used and adapted by permission of Boston University.
A Matter of Balance Lay Leader Model
Recognized for Innovation and Quality in Healthcare and Aging, 2006, American Society on Aging.
A Matter of Balance Lay Leader Model was developed by a grant from the Administration on Aging (#90AM2780).