Moving for Better Balance
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.
Program Goals: Enhance overall physical health for better functioning daily activities
- Improve balance
- Improve muscle strength
- Improve flexibility
- Improve mobility
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.
Who Can Participate?
- Adults 65+ physically mobile or with impaired stability/mobility
- Adults 45+ with a condition that may impact stability/mobility
Additional Resources for Preventing Falls
The NC Alliance of YMCAs participates in the NC Falls Prevention Coalition; the coalition works statewide to reduce the number of injuries and deaths from falls.