Lets talk about falls prevention...

Did you know that Tai Chi is one of the most effective fall prevention programs for older adults? Tai Chi's apparent slow-motion movements are very effective at developing core and leg strength, balance, flexibility, postural stability, and endurance.   

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 65 fall each year. Preventing a fall protects your health and independence --- and you have a team ready to help you! Learn more about falls prevention with the free resources on the NCOA website.

COMMON FACTORS INCREASING RISK OF FALLS

Falls have many causes. Common causes include gait and balance problems, neurological and musculoskeletal problems, use of medications affecting balance, impaired thinking and memory, impaired vision, and environmental hazards (such as slippery floors, uneven surfaces, stairs, poor lighting, loose rugs). Also, many older adults fail to exercise regularly, resulting in poor muscle tone, decreased strength, and loss of bone mass and flexibility, which make it easier to fall. 

Fact: Every year in the United States, more than one-third of adults age 65 and older will have a fall, with approximately 1/3 of them sustaining an injury.  

  Falling is NOT a normal part of aging. 

               For more information about falls prevention,                         please click on the Fall Prevention and Physical       Fitness links on this website to take

  control of your health and reduce your falls risk. 

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