Balance, Balance and More Balance
One-Hour Interactive Fall Prevention Workshops
March 17, 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM (choose one)
During the hour we will teach you the importance of good balance, test your balance and offer simple ways to practice and improve your balance. Signup for these FREE workshops at bethemeth.org/fall-prevention or call 703-860-4515 ext 101. Space is limited; RSVP today!
For those who are interested, we will be holding continuing balance classes at Beth Emeth. In the classes, modeled after the CDC’s STEADI program, you will learn effective ways to practice your balance in the comfort of your own home utilizing techniques drawn from Tai Chi, physical therapy and the sports arena.
This program will be led by Woody McMahon of Sequoia Health and Fitness (http://sequoiahealth.com/). Classes are open to the community; the cost of continuing classes will be subsidized for CBE members by the Rabbi Steve and Andrea Glazer Eldercare Assistance Fund.
Good balance is one of the most important factors in healthy ageing. Being able to balance without the fear of falling allows you to remain independent and do the things you want to do such as traveling, shopping and living your life to the fullest. Fortunately with the right kind of fall prevention education and balance training, falling does not need to be an inevitable part of aging. It is easier than you think to prevent falls and preserve your quality of life and independence.
1 in 3 Americans aged 65+ falls every year. Sadly, falls are the leading cause of non-fatal and fatal injuries as well as hospitalization for older adults.
Generally in your early fifties (but it can happen sooner) your balance can slowly start to decline mostly in part to increased sitting times. Spending more of your time sitting weakens the balance muscles eventually leading to significant balance and stability problems. Fortunately, special balance training activities are available that can help reverse your decline and improve your balance, strength, stability and confidence.
Even if you don’t like regular exercise, making the time in your busy life to practice your balance is a real lifesaver. The nice part about it is that balance activities also strengthen your legs and hips helping you stay more mobile, making walking easier and getting out to have fun more enjoyable.