Santa Rosa, CA – July 13, 2018 – Help older
adult increase their safety, balance, strength and confidence on their feet by
training on August 27 as a volunteer coach with the nationally acclaimed program,
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls. Falls are the #1
reason that older Sonoma County adults have to visit an emergency room. Falls
can result in a hip fracture, a sprained wrist or a head injury. These injuries
may mean a long recovery and can lower older adults’ quality of life or keep
them from living independently in their own homes.
one-day training to become a certified A Matter of Balance coach will be
offered Monday, August 27, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Human Services Department
Adult and Aging Division, 3725 Westwind Blvd., Santa Rosa. Reserve
your space by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (707) 565-5936. The training is hosted by Sonoma County Human Services
Department Area Agency on Aging and RSVP Sonoma through North
Coast Opportunities, Inc. Volunteer Network. For more information about the
program, visit the A
Matter of Balance website.
have to accept falling as a ‘normal’ part of aging and can take action to see
that it’s not,” says Human Services Department Assistant Director Diane
Kaljian. “Matter of Balance coaches tell us how satisfying it is to help older
adults gain physical confidence and boost their sense of optimism, all while
having fun during the classes.”
lead at least two class series within a year after certification. Each
series is eight, two-hour classes. Classes are held throughout Sonoma County.
are trained to teach practical coping strategies to both reduce fear of falling
and to diminish the risk of falling. They use group discussion, mutual problem
solving and lifestyle strategies to teach safety, exercises to improve
strength, coordination and balance, and how to evaluate home safety.
coaches are trained in group facilitation skills, Kaljian says, “It’s helpful
if they come to training with good communication and
interpersonal skills and the physical ability to perform the low-intensity
exercises they will teach.”
The Sonoma County A Matter of Balance curriculum
is based on Fear of Falling: A Matter of Balance and used by
permission of Boston University.