Falls management needs volunteers

Do you know someone who has fallen or who is afraid of falling? Would you like to help people manage their concerns about falls and increase their physical activity?

The Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) is looking for community coaches to assist with facilitating its falls management program entitled Matter of Balance. Volunteer coaches will continue to support the classes in their individual communities after they complete training through the AAA7. An upcoming coaches training will be held in Adams County for those interested in serving as a volunteer coach in their community.

Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Participants in the class learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength.

Coaches for Matter of Balance help participants become more confident about managing falls and help participants identify ways to reduce falls. In addition, coaches lead exercises to help participants increase their strength and balance. Coaches should have good communication and interpersonal skills; exhibit enthusiasm, dependability and a willingness to lead small groups of older adults; and have the ability to lead low to moderate level exercise. Once trained, coaches can schedule their classes for twice a week for four weeks or once a week for eight weeks. Classes are two hours long each.

The upcoming volunteer coaches training will take place at Monarch Meadows Nursing and Rehab Center, 299 Commerce Drive, Seaman. The training is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 28. Attendees will be provided with assistance in organizing classes and materials for support.

Anyone interested in Matter of Balance, either as a participant or volunteer workshop leader, should contact AAA7 at 800-582-7277 and ask for Jennifer Atkinson (extension 247) or Carla Cox (extension 284). Pre-registration is required.

AAA7 provides services on a non-discriminatory basis. These services are available to help older adults and those with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes through services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, other federal and state resources, as well as private pay. The AAA7’s Resource Center is also available to anyone in the community looking for information or assistance with long-term care options. The center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is a valuable contact for learning more about options and what programs and services are available for assistance.

Call 800-582-7277, email info@aaa7.org or visit www.aaa7.org.