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For Immediate Release

Train as a Coach to Help Older Adults Prevent Falls

Santa Rosa, CA  –  July 13, 2018  –  older_adults.pngHelp 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.

A 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 djacoby@schsd.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.

“We don’t 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.”

Coaches lead at least two class series within a year after certification. Each series is eight, two-hour classes. Classes are held throughout Sonoma County.

Coaches 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.

While 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.


Contact Information

Communications Manager
Human Services Department
County of Sonoma
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Contact us by Phone
3600 Westwind Boulevard
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.508155, -122.795028
Mailing Address
PO Box 1539
Santa Rosa, CA 95402