LARSO Introduces New Coaching Team For ‘Matter Of Balance’ Fall Prevention Program For Seniors

The new Matter of Balance fall prevention coaching team, from left, Judy Lovejoy, Kate Cleveland, Bernadette Lauritzen and Loretta Stubbs. Photo by Lucas Fresquez


The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO), which operates both senior centers, added a new team to the program last week.

Four Matter of Balance coaches were trained by Maine Health, in an evidence based fall prevention program that begins this week. The class is designed in 4 or 8 sessions and is a “cognitive re-training” learning tool with some mild exercises, which helps seniors re-think situations that may cause them to fall or cause them to avoid situations out of fear.

“We’re thankful to Los Alamos County, Eloisa Sanchez and Jessica Strong for the use of County technology and location to accomplish the certification course,” LARSO Executive Director Bernadette Lauritzen said. “While the first course is taking place over the next 4 weeks, we hope to offer many more classes after July 1, when the new contract year begins.”

The class will be offered free to seniors 60 and older as Lauritzen transitions to the Matter of Balance program coordinator position when LARSO’s new Executive Director Jacci Gruninger takes the helm July 1.

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