participants

What topics will be covered in the workshops?

The program enables participants to achieve significant goals. They gain confidence by learning to:

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

A Matter of Balance uses a variety of activities to address the fear of falling and teach fall prevention strategies. Activities include group discussion, problem-solving, skill-building, assertiveness training, videotapes and exercise training.

Will this cost me anything?

Depending on where you are attending the workshop, and the funding source for that workshop, a few scenarios are possible:

  • Most often workshops are offered free of charge. Some organizations may ask for a donation, due to the funding source, but in those cases, it is still optional to donate.
  • Each participant receives a Participant Workbook.
  • For other organizations, dependent on the organization and its funding source, the materials are given to participants free of charge.

How long does the workshop last

The Matter of Balance workshop consists of 8 two-hour sessions, which can be held twice a week for 4 weeks or once a week for 8 weeks. Each two-hour session includes a break for light refreshments. Early sessions focus on changing attitudes before attempting changes in actual behavior. The exercise component, which begins in the third session, takes about 30 minutes of the session to complete.

Is there an age requirement?

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

Can my friend/significant other/family member come too?

Yes! Spouses, significant others, family members, and friends are welcome to join!

Is transportation provided?

Depending on where you are attending the workshop, and the funding source for that workshop, a few scenarios are possible:

  • Transportation may be available from senior center, social service agency, or public transportation provider.
  • Workshop participants eligible for the Community Care Program may request that their Care Coordinator help them arrange transportation.

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).
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How will I be assigned a workshop?

Unless you request otherwise, you will be identified by your Master Trainer to lead workshops closest to your geographical region and based on your stated availability.

How will I know when workshop opportunities are available?

Unless you are already scheduled for, or are in the midst of leading a workshop, your Master Trainer will always inform you when host sites in your area are in need of coaches.

What materials will I need to conduct a workshop?

Workshop materials will be provided at a training and participant work books need to be provided by your organization. Your Master Trainer, the person who will be working with you to complete workshop, will have more information about this.

I only want to volunteer in areas near where I live, is this okay?

Yes. Opening up your geographical availability will likely improve your odds of receiving workshop facilitator opportunities more frequently. However, we recognize that not all facilitators have the ability to travel far outside of their area.

How can I apply to be a Matter of Balance Coach?

Start be checking out the Become a Matter of Balance Coach page. Then when you're ready, complete the Coach Application and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

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