Volunteer Spotlight: Conrad Wurtz

Conrad Wurtz

Meet Conrad Wurtz. He is described by many names: Dr. Wurtz, husband, dad, granddad, and now a support coach (Sage) of A Matter of Balance, an award winning falls prevention program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. The program uses trained volunteer coaches to teach eight two-hour sessions to encourage participants to take control of their health through lifestyle and behavioral changes.

Connie volunteers as a Sage of the exercise class for Seniors held at the YMCA at Pineland Farms. For two hours, once a week for eight weeks, he inspires others to keep moving for better balance and better health.

A psychologist for over 50 years, Connie has always enjoyed helping people. He decided to take a coach training for A Matter of Balance offered by the Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging to keep up his people skills and to do something of value in his retirement.  He read that research has shown regular exercise helps prevent people from falling, helps prevent broken bones and strains, and lessens medical bills. He decided it was an ideal volunteer opportunity for him.

Connie is married to Betty Wurtz and they have 5 children and nine grandchildren. Originally from the mid-west, they came to Maine in 1972. Connie was the Superintendent of Pineland for 2½ years before he left for private practice, where he worked with children and families in Auburn and Brunswick for 30 years. Connie and Betty enjoy many activities together such as party politics, productions at the Portland Stage Co, programs at LA Arts and the Acorn Theater, reading informative books, and of course, Encore Leadership Corps.

At 86, Connie continues to help others and inspires us to keep moving, stay connected, and be an active member of the community. Thank you, Connie!