Interested in Hosting a Matter of Balance Workshop at Your Location?

 
Group of older adults practicing the seated Matter of Balance exercises!

Group of older adults practicing the seated Matter of Balance exercises!

A Matter of Balance workshops are offered at a wide-variety of locations including senior living facilities, libraries, churches, schools, hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices, health departments, senior centers, recreation centers, and fire departments. Hosting a workshop means you are willing to provide a space for those in your community to meet and participate in A Matter of Balance. The same space should be available at the same day and time for 8 consecutive weeks.

We ask that all of our host sites be accessible for individuals with disabilities (according to the Americans with Disabilities Act) to accommodate the various needs of program participants. On the workshop scheduling form you will find some additional host site requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

How frequently are Matter of Balance coach trainings conducted?

A Matter of Balance Coash trainings and updates are conducted several times a year at various locations throughout the state. If you are interested in becoming A Matter of Balance Coach, you can find more details here. You can also check for upcoming coach training on the Find a Workshop Near Me Map.

How will I know if other workshops are being conducted in my area?

When you submit the inquiry to be a host site, we will check our currently scheduled A Matter of Balance workshops to make sure there are not too many workshops for the same program in the same area. You can also check our currently scheduled workshops on the Find a Workshop Near Me page.

Do participants have to meet a certain age range?

The program is designed to benefit older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls
  • Have fallen in the past
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength
  • Are age 60 or older, community-dwelling and able to problem solve

Will this cost my organization anything?

There are costs associated with training Coaches and providing A Matter of Balance classes:

  • Coach Training is 8 hours (usually two 4-hour sessions) conducted by the Master Trainer(s). Costs to consider include Coach Handbooks, staff time and light refreshments, room and audio/visual equipment.
  • The Matter of Balance Class involves eight 2-hour sessions. Costs to consider include Participant Workbooks, refreshments for classes (approx. $5/person for eight sessions), Guest Healthcare Professional Handbook, room and audio/visual equipment.

What space and equipment are needed to host A Matter of Balance?

The classroom should be ADA-accessible and have enough space for each participant to exercise and move around comfortably. The room should have chairs and tables, preferably set up in a U-shape, and a space to set up snacks. The materials needed include name tags, attendance sheet, pencils, markers, tape, flip chart and stand, TV with DVD player, participant workbooks, and healthful snacks for each session.

How many participants do I need to recruit and register for this workshop

Because the class involves group discussion and problem-solving, the ideal class size is 10 - 12 participants (no fewer than 8, no more than 14).

 
 

Interested in Hosting a Take Charge of Your Health Workshop at Your Location?

 
A local library and county health department to provide a great workshop for these participants!

A local library and county health department to provide a great workshop for these participants!

Workshops are offered at a wide-variety of locations including libraries, churches, schools, hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices, senior centers and recreation centers. Hosting a workshop means you are willing to provide a space for those in your community to meet and participate in the Take Charge of Your Health programs. The same space should be available at the same day and time for six consecutive weeks.

We ask that all of our host sites be accessible for individuals with disabilities (according to the Americans with Disabilities Act) to accommodate the various needs of program participants. On the workshop scheduling form you will find some additional host site requirements.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

How frequently are Take Charge facilitator trainings conducted?

Take Charge facilitator trainings are conducted several times a year at various locations throughout the state. If you are interested in becoming a Take Charge facilitator, you can find more details here. You can also check for upcoming facilitator training on the Find a Workshop Near Me Map.

How will I know if other workshops are being conducted in my area?

When you submit the inquiry to be a host site, we will check our currently scheduled workshops to make sure there are not too many workshops for the same program in the same area. You can also check our currently scheduled workshops on the Find a Workshop Near Me page.

Do participants have to meet a certain age range?

No. However, our main focus is for participants who are 60 and over, as well as adults with disabilities. The program has also been proven beneficial for caregivers of people with ongoing health conditions.

Will this cost my organization anything?

Cost to your organization is determined by many factors, such as number of workshops, materials, length of commitment, and location. Please contact us so we may assess your organizational needs for the program.

Are refreshments provided?

Refreshments are not provided and not required for the workshop. Depending on the guidelines at your location, participants could bring snacks or your agency could provide snacks.

How many participants do I need to recruit and register for this workshop

Workshops must have at least 10 participants in order to begin. We recommended that at least 14 participants be registered in order to meet the 10-person minimum. We are committed to helping you promote the Take Charge of Your Health programs any way we can! Please contact us to discuss strategies in your area.