Matter of Balance & Living Well for Better Health


A Matter of Balance

Chances are you know someone who has fallen or who is afraid of falling.  A Matter of Balance is a proven program designed to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity. Spectrum Generations is looking for volunteers to help provide this class. 

A Matter of Balance coaches help participants become more confident about managing falls by believing that they can increase their strength, find ways to reduce falls, and protect themselves if they do fall.  Coaches need good communication and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, dependability and a willingness to lead small groups of older adults. Coaches also need to be able to lead low to moderate level exercise.

Click here for more information about Health and Wellness Classes and Workshops.

Living Well for Better Health/Chronic Pain Workshop

Spectrum Generations offers training to volunteers who wish to become workshop leaders or facilitators of the Living Well and Chronic Pain workshops.  

What do volunteer leaders do?  

Workshops are led by pairs of volunteer leaders - most have chronic health conditions or chronic pain themselves. The leaders follow a structured workshop outline that builds the confidence of participants to manage their own health and pain. See Health and Wellness Classes and Workshops (Link) for more information about the class.  Volunteer leaders must successfully complete the four-day lay leader training for the respective program.  Those wishing to lead both Living Well and Chronic Pain workshops would need to complete the four-day Living Well leader training, and then a one-day Chronic Pain cross-training.

Is it difficult to be a volunteer leader? 

No, it is not difficult to be a volunteer leader. Leaders receive thorough training and ongoing support from the program’s coordinator.  All course materials are provided, and the program coordinator and volunteer leaders work together to coordinate, schedule and recruit participants for a workshop.

For more information about the programs or about volunteering, contact Tina DeRaps at 800-282-0764, ext. 1657 or [email protected].