Balance is the key component to mobility, independence, injury prevention, and fall prevention. People may be at risk for falls for a variety of reasons which may include: neurological disorders (Stroke, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease etc), muscle weakness, visual deficits, and cognitive deficits.
As we grow older, our bodies undergo many natural changes. Most people will experience some degree of reduced balance and strength, vision and hearing changes, and medical problems, all of which can put you at risk of falling and getting injured.
Did you know:
- Balance starts to decline earlier than you might think! For women, this starts in their 40’s and for men it usually happens in their 60’s.
- Over 1/3 of Manitobans over the age of 65 fall each year and about 20% of these will have serious injury.
- After you have a fall, you are 3 times more likely to fall again.
- But 42% of falls can be prevented by doing specific exercises!
Sylvia joined Improve Your Balance and Mobility when she began to notice she couldn’t walk in a straight line anymore. The class helped get her back on track.
“As long as I’m alert to my balance issues, I can now go back to a straight line,” she says. “It’s a matter of getting the brain re-organized so it will automatically adjust. People here are enthusiastic – it’s a very nice Centre with very good staff.”
Looking to improve your balance? Did you know that 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 and living independently fall each year? This program is targeted towards those individuals looking to improve their balance and prevent falls. You will receive pre- and post-assessments of your balance along with ongoing coaching and support from credentialed staff.
Wednesday & Friday
April 5 – May 26 (no class April 14)
June 7 – July 28
2:15 – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Reh-Fit Fitness Professional
Duration: 8 weeks (16 classes)