National Expert on prevention of falls to train RSVP instructors

SUNY Oswego’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will hold a falls-prevention workshop Tuesday, Oct. 2 for volunteers interested in providing instruction for a better-balance exercise regimen.

Dr. Betty Perkins-Carpenter, a national expert on prevention of falls, will conduct the six-hour train-the-trainer session at First United Methodist Church, 5306 Church St. in Mexico.

Prerequisite for the training is a background in physical education or experience with senior fitness and exercise. Class size is limited and registration should be made by Tuesday, Sept. 25 by contacting 312-2317 or

Perkins-Carpenter has made a career of teaching people to stay physically fit, safe and secure in their daily activities.

Author of “How to Prevent Falls: Better Balance, Independence and Energy in 6 Simple Steps,” Perkins-Carpenter focuses on helping older adults maintain and reclaim their balance through a series of fun and easy-to-do activities.

She teaches her Six-Step Balance System to health care professionals, adult caregivers and interested older adults.

In the train-the-trainer course, RSVP volunteers will learn each of the steps and associated activities: exercises for stretching in bed, balance, ball handling, walking, talking on the phone, “The Slump” and “Dancing with a Pillow.”

Once trained, instructors will receive follow-up from RSVP to hear about their success stories and any needed help.

RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, locally sponsored by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.

Those seeking more information may contact RSVP at 312-2317 or

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