Glades & Hendry Counties, FL (July 13, 2018)— The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida 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 for 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 drivers’ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Volunteer applications can also be found at the AAASWFL website:www.aaaswfl.org.