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"A Matter of Balance" Coach Training Opportunity
Release Date: October 17, 2016

"A Matter of Balance" Coach Training Opportunity

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(Newton, NJ) The Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Senior Services is proud to sponsor, "A Matter of Balance" Coach Training. "A Matter of Balance" is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. The program consists of eight (8) weekly sessions that are facilitated by pairs of trained volunteer coaches.

Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends. "A Matter of Balance" can help people improve their quality of life, remain independent and may also help to reduce the number of unnecessary emergency room visits as well as hospitalizations. As "A Matter of Balance" coach, you will be trained to facilitate this program for Sussex County seniors.

"A Matter of Balance" coaches also help participants view falls as controllable and help them set goals for increasing activity. Coaches will also help participants make changes to reduce fall risks at home and will demonstrate exercises to help increase strength and balance.

If you are interested in volunteering to become a coach for this important program, you must attend the 2 day training session. The sessions will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 and November 16, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Sussex County Administration Building, Third Floor Conference Room, One Spring Street, Newton, New Jersey. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration is required. To register, please contact the Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Senior Services at 973-579-0555 extension 1222 or seniorservices@sussex.nj.us for additional information.

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