June class will focus on training concerning senior falls

A class is coming up in June for volunteers and professionals who would like to provide instruction for a Better Balance exercise regimen.

The “Train the Teacher” event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 in the SUNY Oswego Campus Center.

The Rural Health Network of Oswego County recently established the Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition to deal with the problem faced by the frail elderly concerning falls.

The coalition serves as a valuable resource for older adults and caregivers as it helps them identify ways to prevent falls and identify hazards that could cause a fall.

The six-week 6 Steps to Better Balance course engages seniors with activities to improve their balance and teaches them various ways they can prevent or lessen the impact of falling.

Dr. Betty Perkins-Carpenter, a nationally renowned expert on fall prevention who has made a lifelong career of teaching people to be physically fit, safe, and secure in their daily living activities, will conduct the training for the volunteers.

Perkins-Carpenter will teach health care professionals, adult caregivers and interested older adults, her 6 Steps to Balance System and subsequently how to train older adults.

The 6 Steps to Better Balance System philosophy is based on the simple but profound belief that “fear of falling” is a major factor contributing to falling-a self-fulfilling fear. The system focuses on helping older adults to maintain and reclaim their balance through a series of activities that are fun and easy to do, give hope and motivate, and are designed to reduce falls and the fear of falling.

Participants in this “Train the Teacher” course, will learn how to teach the 6 Steps to Better Balance System by learning each of the six steps and associated activities: Stretching in Bed Exercises, Balance Exercises, Ball Handling Exercises, Walking while talking on the Phone (indoors) Exercises, The Slump, and Dancing with a Pillow. Once trained, practicum sessions will follow and help offered when and where needed.

Pre-requisite for the training is a background in physical education, or experience with senior fitness and exercise.  Class size is limited and the deadline for registration is Friday, May 30.

For more information or to register to attend the 6 Steps to Better Balance Train-The Teacher event, professionals should contact Danielle Wert at 592-0827 or via e-mail at dwert@oco.org.

Volunteers should contact the RSVP office at 312-2317 or via e-mail at rsvp@oswego.edu.

RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National & Community Service and is locally sponsored by SUNY Oswego and The United Way.  RSVP enables people 55 and older to remain productive and to “help themselves by helping others.”

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