The Clewiston News

Volunteer coaches, leaders needed for health and wellness classes

GLADES & HENDRY COUNTIES — The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL) is seeking volunteers to lead health and wellness workshops across the region. AAASWFL offers workshops to assist adults age 60 and over, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers in seven counties: Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota.

Volunteers have the opportunity to lead fitness workshops focused on the unique needs of older adults. Specifically, these workshops are designed to teach older adults preventative measures to avoid falls, improve their balance and manage chronic conditions. Classes include Tai Chi for arthritis or falls prevention, a matter of balance, walk with ease, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, and Tai Chi: moving for better balance. Training is provided for these programs, and AAASWFL provides mileage reimbursement for volunteers.

Workshops are typically held on weekday mornings and afternoons, so volunteers with flexible schedules are appreciated. Volunteers should also be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, and must be able to pass a background screening. While not mandatory, experience with teaching, instruction, public speaking, health care, nutrition or community outreach is helpful.

In 2017, AAASWFL staff and volunteers led 30 health and wellness workshops across Southwest Florida, assisting nearly 500 individuals.

Potential volunteers may contact Sherry Young, AAASWFL health & wellness coordinator, at 239-652-6900 or sherry.young@aaaswfl.org for more information. Volunteer applications can also be found at the AAASWFL website: www.aaaswfl.org.

The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is a nonprofit organization serving Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, and Sarasota counties. AAASWFL is the state’s designated Aging and Disability Resource Center for Southwest Florida. The organization is committed to connecting older adults and adults with disabilities to resources and assistance for living safely with independence and dignity. More information is available at www.aaaswfl.org or by calling the toll-free Helpline at 866-413-5337 (866-41-ELDER).