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.
What is Moving for better balance?
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.
Moving For Better Balance takes place in a safe and supportive group setting and includes two class sessions and two-plus hours of at-home practice per week.
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.
In addition to the program’s physical benefits, the safe, supportive group setting 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.
The YMCA is now enrolling for spring sessions of Moving for Better Balance! Click here to view session dates and times.
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