Every 18 seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall, and every 35 minutes, a senior dies from a fall-related injury. One in every three people aged 65 and older falls each year, despite the fact that research shows most falls are preventable.
The “Move With Balance” fall prevention program utilizes volunteer mentors to assist frail elders in performing program activities. Active senior volunteer mentors are paired with frail elders to practice fall prevention activities together. This allows the special attention each frail senior needs to make sure he or she receives the full benefit of the exercises, while the active seniors also benefit from the activities.
Because all the seniors involved enjoy their interactions, the attendance rate for the program is high, augmenting its success and creating trusting relationships.
Mentor training will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8, from noon to 4 p.m. After the training, the commitment is one hour a week for 10 weeks.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer mentor, contact Peterson at (808) 573-3109 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.