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Balance Movement & Falls Prevention

Balance Movement & Falls Prevention

Are you having concerns about your balance and mobility?

There is an old adage "If you don't use it you loose it". When speaking about aging this applies to almost all aspects of the aging process but more specifically to our musculoskeletal system.  Without regular exercise especially strength training we can lose over five pounds of muscle and significant bone mass every decade of our adult lives. Basically you need to exercise about 30 minutes 2 or 3 times a week to maintain relatively high levels of musculoskeletal fitness.  Ninety percent of the more than 352,00 hip fractures in the United States each year are the result of a fall. By 2050 there will be more than 650,000 hip fractures annually. This is nearly 1,800 hip fractures a day.  (According to the CDC) The risk of hip fracture increases after 50 and doubles every five or six years.

Balance movement classes, offered weekly in Sarasota County from Newtown to North Port, can help you strengthen your core muscles and build the sense of balance that is so important as we age. Each class is open to the public for a nominal fee. Wear comfortable clothing and bring bottled water. It's very important when exercising to remain well hydrated here in Florida so don't forget to bring that bottle of water and to target to drink non caffeinated beverages thru out the day.

For more information on Balance Movement Classes in Sarasota and Newtown, please call Penny Evensen, RN, at 941.556.3259 or call Tom Harlow, Falls Prevention Specialist/Senior Personal Trainer, for classes for Venice & North Port  at 941.584.0075. 

Did You know?

That by 2020 6.6 million Americans will be 85 or older, up from 4.3 million in 2000. Thanks to better medical care, people are living longer than they did 100 years ago. But this also comes with the need that more of us will need assistance with such tasks as walking, bathing, dressing and eating. Falls continue to be a real threat to older adults independence with 1 out of 3 people 65+ sustaining falls each year. We all need to stay active and become our own advocates in maintaining our strength and independence to aide in decreasing our risks for falls and injury. Falls do not have to be a normal part of aging so bring a friend and come try a class at a Senior Friendship Center near you.

North Sarasota County

Sarasota

Senior Friendship Center
Rubin Center for Healthy Aging Dwyer Room
1900 Brother Geenen Way

Balance Movement Reduce your risk of falling, while improving your balance, flexibility, strength and confidence through one of our Balance Movement Classes. Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 9:45 am and 10.a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Balance Movement Plus Similar  to the regular Balance Movement Class, but at a slower pace with more focus on those with canes and walkers. If it is the first time you are attending this class and you have any severe mobility issues or hearing issues you might want to have a family member or care giver accompany you during the first few classes till you are comfortable with the routine. Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Newtown

Robert L. Taylor Community Center
1845 34th  St.
Sarasota

Balance Movement Reduce your risk of falling, while improving your balance, flexibility, strength and confidence through one of our Balance Movement Classes. Classes are Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  

South Sarasota County

Venice

Kathleen Catlin Friendship Center
Great Room
2350 Scenic Drive 
Venice

Balance Movement Reduce your risk of falling, while improving your balance, flexibility, strength and confidence through one of our Balance Movement Classes. Classes are Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

North Port

North Port Community Educational Center
4940 Pan American Blvd.
North Port

Balance Movement Reduce your risk of falling, while improving your balance, flexibility, strength and confidence through one of our Balance Movement Classes. Classes are Thursdays 12:30 p.m. to 1:15p.m.

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