CARES (Community Aging and Retirement Services) in partnership with the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

Chances are you know someone who has fallen or who is afraid of falling. A Matter of Balance is proven program designed to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity. The Fall Prevention Coalitions of Pinellas and Pasco Counties are looking for volunteers to help provide 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 willingness to lead small groups of older adults. Coaches also need to be able to lead low to moderate level exercise. Coach training involves two four hour sessions by Master Trainer. A coaches handbook is provided. Coaches are required to lead the classes in pairs. So bring a friend and get ready to provide strategies and exercises to reduce the fear of falling in older adults. The classes will be held at the Regional Medical Center from 2pm- 4pm on March 21 through April 13 in the Rao Musunuru, MD., Conference Center- 14100 Yosemite Dr., Hudson, Rooms 3 &4. Space is limited so please register for event call (727) 869-5498 or (888) 741-5119.

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls

This program is based on Fear of Falling: A Matter of Balance. Copyright(c) 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).