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Monday, January 29, 2018

The whole issue of FALL PREVENTION has taken over my life! I took the training in December and am now a Tai Ji Quan; Moving for Better Balance Instructor. I've been teaching three classes a week. Then I got invited to the training to be a Coach for A Matter of Balance, which is also a Fall Prevention Program but a very different approach.

Now I'm working out what I want to do with all this training and work. It's a great place to be in. This is something that is VITAL for us older adults. For now, I called everyone in my Monday class and told them not to come tomorrow. The Matter of Balance training will end tomorrow evening and I'll get my Coach Certificate. Wednesday and Thursday, I'll be teaching the Tai Ji Quan. There was enough interest to continue, at least for now.

I really like the Matter of Balance philosophy. You take 10 or so seniors and have them commit to one meeting a week for 8 weeks. You give them snacks...snacks are SO important (I think HEALTHY here.) There are 2 "coaches" not just one, for better flow and to have someone to write on a flip chart when needed while the other interacts with the group. It's all about the participants coming up with their own answers (maybe from the discussion and someone else's idea) to their problems that may cause them to fall. Exercise is a part of it, and their is a simple exercise routine they will take home with them, but no big commitment to exercise is required. (I think of SparkGuy and his 10-minute at a time play here.) It's a natural to feed all the other exercise programs of the Senior Center, gym memberships, etc.
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    I just got back from caring for my 91-year-old aunt for a little over two weeks, and one of her main needs is to work on her balance. Before I left I arranged for a home health physical therapist to come in two times a week, and she is really working to do the exercises he has assigned. She knows that to maintain her independence she needs be aware of what she's doing at all times to prevent falls.

    I will take a look at the Tai Ji Quan information that you shared in your last post, and I'll share some of that information with my aunt by telephone.

    Your work is so important, and I know it is appreciated by those you are helping -- and their families and friends, too!

    1081 days ago
    Thank you for teaching others how to have better balance as they age. It is such an important piece of taking care of ourselves.
    1091 days ago
    Good for you kudos for helping others
    1093 days ago
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    Balance is so important for us. My balance has gotten better in the past couple of months after my TOPS group started balance exercises and I started balance exercises in physical therapy after my foot surgery.
    1093 days ago
    Wonderful, Patti! Balance and Fall Prevention is incredibly important as we age. There were so many Sparkers that took tumbles this year. Some with some pretty devastating results.

    Thank you for your service in support of your community. You're the emoticon
    1093 days ago
    How awesome, Patti! I am so proud of you! Such an important thing for us in this age category to take care of ourselves and remain independent!
    1093 days ago
    Good for you!
    1094 days ago
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