Santa Rosa, CA – December 20, 2017 – Santa Rosa,
CA -- Falls are the #1 reason that Sonoma County seniors go to the emergency
room. Fracturing a hip or spraining a wrist means a long rehabilitation, which
can decrease seniors’ quality of life or even prevent them from living
independently in their own homes.
prevent falls, the Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) offers
the nationally acclaimed program, A
Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls. Each A Matter of
Balance class series is eight, two-hour classes, led by two
volunteer coaches at locations throughout Sonoma County.
the classes, trained volunteer coaches who want to help older adults improve
balance and stay healthy are needed. A one-day training to become a certified
coach will be offered Wednesday, January 10, 8:30
a.m.-5 p.m., at the Human Services Department Adult and Aging Division, 3725
Westwind Blvd., Santa Rosa. To reserve a spot
in the one-day training, volunteers can contact the Program Coordinator for A Matter
of Balance at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (707) 565-5936. The training is hosted by AAA and RSVP Sonoma
through North Coast Opportunities, Inc. Volunteer Network.
have to accept falling as a ‘normal’ part of aging and can take action to see
that it’s not,” says Adult and Aging Division Director Ana Bagtas. “Coaches
tell us how satisfying it is to I see 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.
learn how to teach practical coping strategies to both reduce fear of falling
and to diminish the risk of falling, through group discussions, mutual problem
solving and lifestyle strategies that promote safety, exercises to improve
strength, coordination and balance, and how to evaluate home safety.
coaches are trained in group facilitation skills, Bagtas 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
Sonoma County A Matter of Balance curriculum is based on Fear
of Falling: A Matter of Balance and used by permission of Boston