NORWAY – Licensed practical nurse Chris Hayden and physical therapist Jan Salis have been certified as master trainers for Stephens Memorial Hospital’s program, A Matter of Balance.

Hayden, health educator at the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center at the hospital, and Salis, an athletic trainer and the physical rehabilitation department manager, attended training in Augusta. It enables them to facilitate classes or train volunteers to be coaches and offer more classes.

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.

Healthy Oxford Hills and the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center at Stephens Memorial Hospital will offer A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls, 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays beginning April 28 at the South Paris Congregational Church. It will run for four weeks and the fee is $10. A workbook is provided and refreshments are served.

To register or obtain information call Kate Goldberg at 739-6222.

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