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Matter of Balance

Fitness | AdultYouth

Matter of Balance Program 

Main Office:     (914) 949-6227  x 208

The YWCA is offering a Fall Prevention Program aimed at improving flexibility, balance and strength to mitigate and prevent falls. These classes are led by certified staff.
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Concerned About Falling? Keep your Independence!

We are pleased to announce that the evidence-based fall prevention program, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls is being offered in Westchester County. This award-winning program, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been proven to help older adults view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home and exercise to increase strength and balance.The program is appropriate for patients who have fallen in the past, have concerns about falls and are interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength or who may have restricted activities because of worrying about falling.

According to the New York State Department of Health, falls are the leading cause of hospitalizations, emergency department visits and injury-related deaths among adults 65 and older and the primary reason why older people lose their independence.  Up to 30 percent of community dwelling older adults fall each year. Most falls occur during routine activities in the home and are usually caused by a combination of biological, behavioral and environmental risk factors. Angela Katz, YWCA Fitness and Membership Manager, recognized the need for fall prevention programming from conversations with YWCA members who often raise concerns about falling or who have had fall-related injuries. “Now that we are aware of this major concern, our response was to implement this fall prevention program for our community,” said Ms. Katz. To learn more about this nationally recognized porgram, click here.

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance
This unique program is designed to improve stability, coordination, walking and lower-extremity strength. Individuals are taught to become more mindful of their body positioning, which leads to enhanced control over everyday movement and balance. Learn more about the different classes offered as part of our Matter of Balance program. Click here for a program flyer, or contact our office today at (914) 949-6227 x208.

Tai Chi for Arthritis: This evidence-based program is offered for individuals with arthritis as part of the NYS Department of Health Older Adult Fall Prevention Program. Tai Chi combines slow movements with deep breathing to increase strength, balance and stability while reducing stress and enhancing mind, body, and spirit. For more information, contact our office today at (914) 949-6227 x208.