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.

Fit and Balanced

Eight-Week Series, Basic Level

This beginner level, low-intensity class will focus on the strength, flexibility, and balance exercises used in A Matter of Balance program with gradual progression, using a chair as support.

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

Ask about available scholarships for this series.

Surprise
August 9th at 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing
14719 W Grand Ave in Surprise

Call 623-832-WELL (9355) to register.

 

Upcoming Fit and Balanced Class Series

Surprise
August 9th at 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing
14719 W Grand Ave. in Surprise

Call 623-832-WELL (9355) to register.

Mitigating Risk Factors to Prevent Falls

Fall Prevention Event 2016