Aging is a natural state of life, but it comes with plenty of challenges. Skin becomes thinner and drier, creating fine lines and wrinkles, and health problems set in that make mobility and independence difficult.
Fortunately for senior residents of Mobile, Alabama concerned about these issues, a new program will help seniors stay mobile and avoid dangerous falls.
A Matter of Balance was created to help older adults cope with fears associated with aging, specifically falls, which can be dangerous and even fatal. Coaches will teach participants how to manage falls with confidence, preventing them if possible and dealing with them if they can’t be avoided.
Previous participants reported that they felt more inclined to exercise regularly after the program, which helped them maintain their independence and level of activity. While exercise becomes more challenging as people age, keeping up good fitness habits has countless health benefits for seniors.
The program will be conducted two-hour sessions twice a week for four weeks, and according to Al.com, the Area Agency on Aging is currently looking for volunteers to coach older citizens through the process.
Volunteers will be prepared in free training workshops run by the Area Agency on Aging, which will provide materials and lunch free of charge. Workshops will take place on Sept. 11 and 12 in Beuregard Street’s GM&O Building.
The announcement on Al.com states that Matter of Balance coaches should have strong communication skills. They should also be dependable and enthusiastic about leading small groups of senior participants.
A script is provided in the coach manual, and coaches should be capable of following it to lead low to moderate level exercises for program participants.
Anyone interested in becoming a coach or a participant can contact Marie Cafferty at 251-706-4685.