Meet the team
Our founder, musician, and mentors are passionate individuals who are dedicated to helping others experience the elder years with health and vitality.
Karen Peterson, M.A.
Founder and Executive Director
I saw how vibrant and full of wisdom most of them were. I was sure that others of my generation would want to share their gifts, enthusiasm, and vitality with their communities, especially with those older and less vigorous than they.
Bill Fuller, M.A.
He specifically wrote two songs for Move With Balance®, which have since become their trademark theme songs. Bill has written over 100 original songs, and is integrating his songs into the Move With Balance® with Music for Alzheimer’s/Dementia program.
Bill enjoys working with Giving Back because he believes in its mission—elders “giving back” the precious gifts of their life’s experience to their communities.
Bill has a background as an electronic engineer working in Silicon Valley. He has a passion for creating video as art. In addition to his music, he is able to fulfill that passion with his contribution to Move With Balance®. He is integrating music into the original Move With Balance®
Breathe, an original song, is an example of real time looping. I start by recording the rhythm guitar while singing a verse and chorus. Time 0 – 1:13. Then I play the loop while adding lead guitar, 1:13 – 2:20; saxaphone, 2:20 -3:20; strings 3:40 – 4:50; and more lead guitar , 4:50 – 6:00; and add delay – 7:00. Give it a listen.
Move With Balance® has an innovative mentor delivery system. The activities can be performed alone or, as is more common, in pairs—volunteer mentor to frail elder, professional caregiver to patient, child to elder, or friend and friend as partners. Realizing that self-improvement regimens are only effective if they are practiced, we ﬁnd that this light-hearted context of social engagement works.
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Our national award winning book is the cornerstone of learning how to move with balance. The book's easy-to-follow exercises are scientically proven to help increase coordination, sharpen cognitive skills, improve vision, and enhance self-confidence.
- Over 100 brightly illustrated pages
- Dozens of movements that anyone can do
- Includes over 60 exercise demonstration videos
- Available for download and in print