BRIDGTON – Southern Maine Agency on Aging and Partnership for Healthy Aging will host a training for individuals interested in leading “A Matter of Balance” classes. No special skills are necessary, although individuals who are comfortable with people and like to volunteer will find the opportunity rewarding. The training is free.

Each year one-third of older adults fall and one-half of all older adults express concerns about falling. Falls are a serious health risk. A Matter of Balance is a proven program designed to help individuals manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity.

In eight two-hour sessions, volunteer coaches use videos, discussion, problem-solving strategies and physical exercises to help older adults learn positive coping methods to help them to reduce fear of falling and remain active and independent.

After completing the class, participants are more confident engaging in activities such as walking, shopping, climbing stairs and managing a fall if it does occur.

There will be an information session to learn more about becoming a coach from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot St. The next coach training is scheduled to be held from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Thursday, Dec. 13 and 15, at the same location.

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