UPCAP is Looking for Matter of Balance Volunteer Coaches
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. UPCAP is looking for
volunteers to help provide this program in the Central U.P.
A Matter of Balance is conducted by two volunteer coaches 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.
UPCAP will be holding a Coach Training on the morning of April 1st & 2nd in
Escanaba. Volunteer coaches are provided training, materials, and full
support to help bring a Matter of Balance to their community. Organizations
interested in sending staff members are also invited to attend. There is no
cost for this training, however coaches are expected to provide classes in
their respective communities upon successful completion of training.
A Matter of Balance coaches need good communication and interpersonal
skills, enthusiasm, dependability and a willingness to lead small groups of
older adults. Coaches also need to be able to lead low to moderate level
exercise. If this sounds like a volunteer opportunity you would like to
try, please call Sherry Whitman or Jill VanDrese, Master Trainers, at
1-800-338- 7227 or you may dial 2-1-1 toll-free.
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