Helping Participants Feel Strong, Steady & Safe
Every 14 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. Every 29 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall-related injury. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) In the United States, falls related injuries are a major public health concern for individuals over 65 as well as those living with chronic conditions such as heart disease.
Moving For Better Balance is a 12-week evidence-based group exercise program developed by researchers at the Oregon Research Institute. The program, based on the principles of Tai Chi, is led by a qualified Instructor and teaches eight movements modified especially for falls prevention.
The program works to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility to enhance overall physical health, which leads to better functioning in daily activities. Participation in the program may also result in better mental health, reduced stress, improved memory and cognition, and increased self-esteem.
The program’s safe and supportive group setting also provides an opportunity for participants to enjoy learning with like-minded adults and find relief from the isolation that can sometimes come from living with limited mobility.
YMCA Locations now providing the Moving for Better Balance program. You can learn about dates and times for classes on the Healthy Aging NC website, or contact the YMCA nearest you that is offering the class.