Falls Prevention Programs

Stepping On

Have you fallen and lost your confidence? Would you like to boost your confidence and reduce your risk of falls?

Stepping On is a program proven to reduce falls and build confidence in older adults. Stepping on workshops meet for two hours a week over seven weeks. Classes are highly participative. The mutual support and success build participants' confidence in their ability to manage their health behaviors, reduce their risk of falls, and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

Participants learn:

  • Simple and fun strength and balance exercises
  • The role vision plays in keeping your balance
  • How medications can contribute to falls
  • Ways to say safe when out and about in the community
  • What to look for in safe footwear
  • How to check their home for safety hazards.

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Tai Chi for Arthritis

Tai Chi for Arthritis is easy, enjoyable and safe for people living with arthritis to learn and enjoy. Medical studies have shown that Tai Chi for Arthritis relieves pain and improves the quality of life for people living with arthritis. Exercise is frequently recommended for people living with arthritis. One of the best low-intensity, low impact form of exercise is Tai Chi.

Tai Chi for Arthritis is an 8-week program, meeting 1day a week for one hour, based on Sun style Tai Chi. This program incorporates power QI gong and breathing exercises. The gentle flowing movements contain inner power that strengthens the body, improves mental balance and brings better health and harmony to peoples’ lives. You do not have to have arthritis to participate.

This program:

  • Includes flexibility exercises which reduce pain and stiffness leading to increased mobility
  • Helps improve muscular strength (reduces pain and protects joints)
  • Helps improve relaxation, balance, posture and immunity.

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Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance

Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance is a falls prevention program that uses the principles and movements of Tai Chi in helping older adults improve their balance and increase their confidence in doing everyday activities. Led by a Tai Chi trained instructor, the program focuses on improving functional ability, especially balance, to reduce fall-related risks and fall frequency. The program uses eight forms that have been derived from the traditional 24-form Yang-style of Tai Chi, and progresses from easy to more difficult.

Participants increase their self-confidence, gain a sense of achievement, and improve their well-being in a safe environment. The supportive network of friends formed in the Moving for Better Balance program fosters a strong sense of belonging.

This program:

  • Improves postural stability
  • Awareness and mindful control of body positioning in space
  • Functional walking
  • Movement symmetry and coordination
  • Range of motion around the ankle and hip joints
  • Improves lower body muscle strength

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A Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels in older adults who experience concerns about falling. If you are concerned about falling, interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength, fallen in the past or restricted your activities because of concerns of falling this program is for you.

In this program you will learn to:

  • View falls as controllable
  • Set goals for increasing activity
  • Make changes to reduce fall risks at home
  • Exercise to increase strength and balance

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