Connections Area Agency on Aging

Volunteer Opportunity:
Matter of Balance Coach
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Want to make a difference in the lives of older adults in your community? Connections Area Agency on Aging is seeking volunteers interested in being trained as A Matter of Balance Coaches. What is A Matter of Balance (MOB)? A Matter of Balance is an evidence-based structured group intervention program, designed to reduce fear of falling and falling incidences. It is targeted at community-dwelling adults 60 years or older. Structured discussions and exercises allow participants to learn that fear of falling is controllable, help them set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn exercises to improve strength, gait, balance and mood, thereby reducing episodes of falls. The goal of MOB is to reduce fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and increase activity levels among older adults. Older adults are among our most vulnerable neighbors and improving their physical activity enables them to access health services and other resources such as food at food pantries. Typical A Matter of Balance courses involve 8- two-hour sessions for a small group of 8 -12 participants. Two trained coaches, typically volunteers, give the two-hour MOB classes once per week for 8 weeks or twice per week for four weeks. Master Trainers, who would have received training at Maine Health, train coaches who in turn hold the MOB classes. Volunteer Coach Qualifications Criteria for leadership • Good communication and interpersonal skills • Enthusiasm • Dependability • Willingness to lead a small group • Interest in working with older adults • Life experiences valued- with education or health care experience a plus • Ability to perform range of motion and low level endurance exercises • Ability to carry up to 20lbs Training Expectations • Attend eight hours of coach training and earn A Matter of Balance Certification. • Attend 2.5hours of coach training update annually. • Agree to coach two Matter of Balance classes within one year of certification. Classroom Responsibilities • Two coaches are required to teach the class to participants • Preparing for each class by reviewing the Matter of Balance manual and materials. • Organize the class with supplies and refreshments • Present the class according to the directions, training and materials provided • Encourage interactive discussion about the concept and skills presented. • Demonstrate and coach the exercises outlined in the Matter of Balance Program. • Monitor and connect with each participant • Promote socialization and a solution-oriented environment among the participants. • Have fun. Confidentiality, Communication, & Record Keeping • All participant information is confidential. Each coach will sign “A pledge of Confidentiality” • The Master Trainer will provide support and mentoring to each coach. • Class site and emergency contact information will be provided to each coach. • Coaches are required to report any injury, illness or concerns. • Coaches are encouraged to record “Lessons Learned” and share feedback and ideas. For more information on this exciting volunteer opportunity, please contact Aubury Krueger-Kutchara, Director of Community Engagement at:

Size of Group
Type of Opportunity
Skills Needed
  • Counseling & Mentoring
  • Event Planning & Support
  • Tutoring & Education
Monday, May 27th, 2024
Repeats daily for 365 times
Opportunity can occur at any time, day or night, within a selected date range.
Location Details
Offsite Location

United States

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