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Do you know someone who has fallen or who is afraid of falling?

Are you enthusiastic, communicate well with others and willing to lead small groups of older adults?  If so, consider becoming a A Matter of Balance Coach!

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. York County Area Agency on Aging is looking for volunteers to further develop this service in our local communities. A unique opportunity exists to do this in conjunction with the York City Bureau of Health, on behalf of the Falls Free Coalition of York County.

This program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. The participants learn to:

  • View falls as controllable
  • Set goals for increasing activity
  • Make changes to reduce fall risks at home
  • Exercise to increase strength and balance

As a Coach, you would teach these free 2-hour classes twice a week for 4 weeks.
Responsibilities include:

o Prepare for each class by reviewing the A Matter of Balance manual and materials
o Present the class according to the directions, training and materials provided
o Encourage interactive discussion about the concepts and skills presented
o Demonstrate and coach the exercises outlined in training materials
o Monitor and connect with each participant
o Promote socialization and a solution-oriented environment among the participants
o Organize the classroom with supplies and refreshments
o Teach the class to participants with one other Coach
o Sign a “A Pledge of Confidentiality”

To become a A Matter of Balance Coach, certification is required. This training will be offered on January 29th & 31st, 9AM—1PM, at the 911 Center, 120 Davies Drive York.

After certification, Coaches should facilitate two A Matter of Balance classes within one year of certification; attend 2.5 hours of training update annually; and Coach minimum of two sessions each year.

To interview for this rewarding volunteer position, please contact Megan Craley at 717-771-9610 or mmcraley@yorkcountypa.gov by January 12, 2018.