Contributed by Lakendra Dixon, BSW, UCPCOG-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. Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments (UCPCOG) Area Agency on Aging is looking for volunteers to serve as coaches for this program.
“A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls” 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.
There will be a coach training on January 21 and 22, 2016, at UCPCOG Area Agency on Aging, 121 W Nash Street, in Wilson. The training will be held on the third floor. The training will last from 9:30am to 4:30pm on the first day, and 9:30am to 1:30pm on the second day. Refreshments will be provided for both days and lunch will be provided the first day. The cost of this coach training is $100.
If you would like to attend or want more information on this coach training, call Kendra Dixon at 252.234.5959 or email.
Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments
The Area Agency on Aging is part of UCPCOG. Their website and more information on their activities is at www.ucpcog.org.
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).