Falls are a major concern for the majority of older adults. According to the Center for Disease Control, 33% of adults 65 and older fall each year and these falls can have some serious consequences that can lead to a loss of independence or even death. The first step in fall prevention is an awareness of potential risk factors including balance issues, stability, muscular strength and flexibility. Poor balance and decreased lower body strength can increase the risk of falling and, for this reason, the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing has created two proven balance assessment and training programs designed to address this serious issue.
Individual Balance Assessment and Training Program
Eight-Week Program, Intermediate Level
A one-on-one balance and strength training program
consisting of a comprehensive fall-risk assessment, eight weekly training sessions (45 min. each)
and a post-program assessment. Instruction is provided by an exercise physiologist and includes a personalized program focused on strength building,
flexibility and balance exercise. The Biodex Balance System SDTM is used for balance training. Fall prevention information and a home exercise plan are included.
Group Balance and Strength Training Series
Eight-Week Series, Advanced Level
This program features eight hours of fitness instruction including balance, lower body strength, core strength and flexibility training provided in a
small group setting. Exercises are customized to participants’ abilities. Individual pre- and post-assessment sessions with an exercise physiologist will be performed. Fall prevention information and a home exercise plan are included.
A Matter of Balance Program
Eight-Week Series, Basic Level
This nationally recognized, evidence-based education program helps people learn to control their fear of falling through exercise, practical tips, and problem solving in a supportive group environment. A Matter of Balance includes eight, two-hour sessions. Range-of-motion, strength, and stretching activities are included starting in week three.
Upcoming Balance and Strength Training Series Classes
Wednesday, March 29th at 1:30pm
Wednesday, March 29th at 3:30pm
Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing
14719 W Grand Ave., Surprise, 85374
Call 623-832-WELL (9355) to register and ask about available scholarships.