WHITE PLAINS, NY –The YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester recently announced new programming aimed at supporting better balance and reducing falls in older adults, beginning in May.
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for those 65 years of age and over. Every 14 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. The chance of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall increases with age and is the main reason adults lose their independence.
A lack of exercise during adult life is associated with deconditioning, fatigue, weakness, decrease in one’s physical and mental health and well-being, the onset of disease, loss of self-esteem and self-efficacy, and an increase in depression and anxiety. Good news about aging. “The best anti-aging pill is exercise,” states Alex Lief, M.D., a Harvard School professor of gerontology. Just a few minutes each day of exercise can create a stronger, healthier and more flexible body. Many older adults believe it is too late to start exercising and that their past abilities and present disabilities are predictors of how fit or healthy they can become. This is false! Regular exercise daily can slow the aging process at any age. The older adult needs to take control of their aging and start participating in safe exercise programs.
Schedule of Programs are as follows:
Tuesday, May 3 or Thursday, May 5 – Managing Concerns about Falls – This 8 week program emphasizes practical strategies to manage and prevent falls and to set realistic goals for staying active, safe and independent. Small supportive class size (8 to 14) lends itself to community building and empowering individualized solutions. Classes are starting Tuesdays or Thursday, May 3 or 5th at 10:30 and 12:30 pm.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, Beginning May 3 – Tai Chi for Arthritis and Balance – This 8 week evidence-based program was developed by Dr. Paul Lam to be easy, enjoyable and safe for people with arthritis to learn. The program has been shown to relieve pain, improve balance, stamina and quality of life for people with arthritis. Class time is 1:00 – 2:00 pm. This program will be offered FREE to the first 15 Veterans.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, (10-week session) on going registration– Tai Ji Quan – Practice and eventual mastery of 7 individual Tai Ji Quan forms adapted from traditional Chinese forms to enhance balance, strength, stability and ease of movement. This unique style developed by Dr. Fuzhong Li at the Oregon Research Institute integrates traditional elements of Tai Ji Quan (actions, respiration and mindfulness) with the essential components of contemporary balance training to provide participants with an energizing program specifically designed to improve balance, strength, flexibility, stamina, coordination and ultimately increased confidence in performing daily tasks optimally and independently. Class time is 9:30 – 10:30 am.
The YWCA has exercise programs for 50 and over ranging from Tai Chi, Tai Je Quan, Zumba chair gold, Pilates, Aqua Zumba, Senior Weight training, Gentle Aquacise and many other classes to keep you moving. Stay active and age better.