Posted Online: Feb. 14, 2013, 10:49 am

Matter of Balance Coaches training set

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Press release submitted by Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging


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. Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging (WIAAA) and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program are looking for volunteers to help provide this award winning program by becoming a coach.

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.

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 levels of exercise.

There will be a coach's training where you will become certified as A Matter of Balance coach on Wednesday, March 13th from 8:30 to 4:30 at the Geneseo Senior Center, 541 E North St, Geneseo, IL 61254. Lunch will be provided. This is a free training with all materials provided and a chance to participate in a proven program that can help in this critical area! Once you are ready to go you will work with an experienced coach until you are comfortable and ongoing support is provided. We work with your schedule as classes are scheduled in your community.

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls classes are 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.

If you would like to attend or want more information, please contact Nicole Lee or Barb Byrne at 1-800-322-1051.