What is Moving For Better Balance?
Moving For Better Balance is a 12-week evidence-based falls prevention program recognized by the CDC, National Council on Aging (NCOAO), U.S. Administration on Aging, (AoA) and various state Falls Prevention Coalitions and Department of Health and Human Services.
The principles and movements of Tai Chi are used to help older adults increase their strength, improve their balance, and increase their confidence in doing everyday activities.The program protocol consists of a core 8-form routine and a subroutine of integrated therapeutic movements derived from the Yang-style of Tai Chi. The movements progress from easy to more difficult which collectively involve a set of simple, rhythmic Tai Chi-based actions.
Led by a Moving for Better Balance trained instructor, this program focuses on improving mental cognitive and physical functional ability especially balance to reduce fall-related risks and fall frequency.
An instruction book is provided with lesson plans, tips on creating a safer home environment to prevent falls, and homework based on each week’s classwork.
How Does Moving for Better Balance Reduce Falls?
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.
The program also provides other health benefits that contribute to healthy aging in a safe structured environment that engages older adults in a social setting they may not have had previously. Moving For Better Balance may also help alleviate the symptoms associated with other chronic diseases and conditions. Classes are designed to provide participants with opportunities to interact with one another which creates an important support system, a stronger community, and supports the participants overall health goals and well-being.
Program Goals and Health Benefits of Participating in YMCA’s Moving for Better Balance
Moving for Better Balance has been shown to:
- Improve balance and stability
- Increase muscle strength
- Improve flexibility
- Increase mobility
- Improve memory and cognition
- Improve self-confidence
- Reduce stress
- Improve mental and emotional well-being
- Prevent falls
How it works:
The target audience for Moving for Better Balance is as follows:
- Adults 65 years or older who are physically mobile, with impaired stability and/or mobility.
- Adults 45 years or older with a chronic condition that may impact stability and/or mobility.
Moving for Better Balance is conducted in a small group setting of 10-12 adults providing a safe and comfortable environment. Sessions take place twice per week for 60 minutes, and continue for 12 weeks supplemented by weekly at-home practice by each program participant.
Registration and Timing
YMCA Membership is not required. Contact your local YMCA for registration and to schedule a brief pre-screening. Interested and qualified participants will be added to the wait list. Days and times vary for each YMCA location.
- Must be willing to engage in a 12-week falls prevention program
- Consult your primary care physician before joining the program. You will be signing a medical clearance form.
- Strong personal desire and commitment to participate in the program (A minimum attendance of 80% of the classes).
- Give permission for a Moving For Better Balance representative to contact your physician or health care provider if necessary.
To find out more information regarding this program, criteria for participating and how to register, contact HealthyLiving@veniceymca.org or call 941-492-9622 ext 299.