Stay Independent and Maintain Balance

Falls are the main reason that older people lose their independence. Falling is the leading cause of injury-related deaths among people aged 65 and up.  Every year, one out of three people in this age group experiences a fall.

Many people who fall, even if they are not injured, develop a fear of falling. This fear may cause them to limit their activities, leading to a loss of physical fitness which in turn increases their risk of falling.

Click here to see more information, plus a self-assessment form to help you decide if you’re at risk for falling.

Click here to see tips for maintaining or improving your balance.

The good news is, several programs have been proven to help seniors maintain or regain their strength and balance.

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is conducted in 8 two-hour sessions with group discussions, problem-solving strategies, videos, and gentle physical exercise. Older adults learn positive coping methods to reduce their fear of falling and help them remain active and independent.  It’s proven to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity.

If you would like to attend or want more information, please contact Catherine Wisniewski, A Matter of Balance Coordinator, at (802) 885-2655.

Tai Chi ClassesExercise for Seniors
Tai Chi can improve conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, respiratory disease and other chronic health problems. In addition, it improves balance, promotes correct posture, and builds up resistance to disease.

Classes in Windsor County:
www.annebower.com/current_and_planned_classes

Classes in Windham County:

Bellows Falls: Basic Tai Chi for fall prevention offered at the Senior Center. For more information, call (802) 463-3907.

Brattleboro: www.longrivertaichi.org/WolfeSchedule(Brattleboro).htm

Grafton: Tai Chi offered at The Chapel Building. For more information, call (802) 365-3753.

Halifax: Tai Chi and yoga classes offered on Wednesday mornings at the Halifax Community Hall in West Halifax. For more information, call Joan Courser at (802) 368-7733.

Jamaica: Tai Chi offered at The Jamaica House. For more information, call (802) 874-4343.

Londonderry: Tai Chi offered at The Meeting Place. For more information, call (802) 824-4343.

Putney: www.medicineforthepeople.org/events/tai-chi-and-qi-gong/

Saxtons River: Tai Chi – A Matter of Balance at Christ Church. For more information, call Donna Anderson at (802) 869-3582.

Townshend: Tai Chi for fall prevention offered at Grace Cottage Wellness Center. For more information, call (802) 365-3637.

Westminster: Tai Chi and gentle yoga at Westminster Institute/Westminster Cares. For more information, call (802) 722-3607.

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