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Two Certified to Train in Matter of Balance

Stephens Memorial Hospital announces two newly qualified Master Trainers for the   A Matter of Balance program, which is designed to help reduce the fear of falling in older adults. 

A Matter of Balance is an evidence based program which began in 1995 at Boston University.  It 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 two day training in Augusta was attended by Chriss Hayden, LPN, Health Educator at the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center at Stephens Memorial Hospital, and Jan Salis, PT, a physical therapist, athletic trainer and the Physical Rehabilitation Department Manager at Stephens Memorial Hospital.  Both are now certified master trainers who can facilitate the A Matter of Balance classes themselves, or train additional volunteers to be coaches and offer more classes.

Of the class, Hayden says, "The class helps people get more confidence so that they can get out in the community with less fear of falling.  It helps people stay more social and active."

Healthy Oxford Hills and the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center at Stephens Memorial Hospital will be offering A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls hosted at the South Paris Congregational Church on Tuesday and Thursdays 9:00-11:00 a.m. starting April 28th.  The Program runs for 4 weeks, the cost is $10.00.  A workbook is provided and refreshments are served.  Please call Kate Goldberg at 739-6222 to register or for more information.

 
 
 
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