Moving For Better Balance

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Moving For Better Balance is a 12-week, evidence-based group program designed to improve strength and balance through the therapeutic movements of Tai Chi. The program is led by a qualified instructor and teaches an eight-form routine of Tai Chi-based movements that have been modified specifically for falls prevention.

Moving For Better Balance has been shown to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility. The program may also result in better mental health, improved memory and cognition, increased self-esteem, and less social isolation.

This effective program was developed by Fuzhong Li, PhD at the Oregon Research Institute with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

GOALS

Moving For Better Balance works to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility to enhance overall physical health, which leads to better functioning in daily activities.

BENEFITS

Moving For Better Balance has been shown to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility. The program may also result in better mental health, improved memory and cognition, increased self-esteem, and less social isolation.

AM I AT RISK OF FALLING?

Take this simple Falls Risk Assessment to find out more

 

Request for More Information

 

Download Medical Clearance Form

Frequently Asked Questions

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Stop by the front desk at the Downtown Summerville YMCA or The Ponds YMCA location, or call 843.871. YMCA.

For more information about the program, complete the request form or contact the program director at (843) 486-1472.

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Next class date: Registering Now for Winter 2019

Session: January 29 to April 18

Day/ Time: Tuesday and Thursday 2:15pm to 3:15pm

Location: The Ponds YMCA

-Must be willing to engage in a 12-week falls prevention program

-Consult your primary care physician before joining the program for medical clearance.

-Program is recommended for anyone who is at risk for falls

-Strong personal desire and commitment to participate in the program

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Moving For Better Balance fall prevention program is an evidence-based program recommended by CDC for community fall prevention programming. Evidence from rigorous scientific studies has clearly demonstrated that Moving For Better Balance is effective in improving balance. Moving For Better Balance challenges limitations in balance and gait and addresses these limitations through a set of controlled, progressively designed exercises.

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  • Improved social and mental well-being
  • Improved balance and physical performance
  • Improved confidence in conducting daily activities
  • Reduced risk of falling and sustaining fall injuries
  • Improved overall health
  • Maintained independence and improved quality of life
  • A decrease in blood pressure
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Improved cardiovascular and respiratory function

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Moving for Better Balance is conducted in a small group setting of 10-15 adults providing a safe and comfortable environment. Sessions take place twice a week for 60 minutes, and continue for 12 weeks supplemented by a 30-minute weekly at-home practice by each program participant.

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