Moving for Better Balance

Stowe Family YMCA

Older adults and those with chronic health conditions often feel they must accept impaired balance and limited mobility—this is not true. You can build strength, improve balance, and gain confidence in your mobility through Moving for Better Balance.

This evidence-based, instructor-led group program is designed to help you improve your strength, balance, flexibility, and mobility through slow, therapeutic movements based on Tai Chi.

How It Reduces Risk of Falls

Evidence from rigorous scientific studies has clearly demonstrated that Moving for Better Balance is effective in improving balance and reducing falls. The course challenges limitations in balance and gait and addresses these limitations through a set of controlled, progressively designed exercises.

Our instructors’ ability to engage, retain, and relate to participants has fostered outstanding results and improved not only improved balance reducing the frequency of falls among older adults.

The program also provides other health benefits that contribute to healthy aging in a safe structured environment that engages older adults in a social setting they may not have had previously.

Moving for Better Balance may also help alleviate the symptoms associated with other chronic diseases and conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, that may contribute to impaired balance and decreased mobility.

Classes are designed to provide participants with opportunities to interact with one another which creates an important support system, a stronger community, and supports the participant’s overall health goals and well-being.

Program Goals and Health Benefits

  • Improved social and mental well-being
  • Improved balance and physical performance
  • Improved confidence in conducting daily activities
  • Reduced risk of falling and sustaining fall injuries
  • Improved overall health
  • Maintained independence and improved quality of life
  • A decrease in blood pressure
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Improved cardiovascular and respiratory function

How It Works

Moving for Better Balance is designed primarily for:

  • community-living older adults who are age 65 or older, physically mobile with impaired stability and/or mobility
  • adults age 45 or older who have a chronic condition that may affect stability and/or mobility

Moving for Better Balance is conducted in a small group setting of 10-12 adults, providing a safe and comfortable environment. Sessions take place twice a week for 60 minutes, and continue for 12 weeks, supplemented by a 30-minute weekly at-home practice by each program participant.

Class meets o Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 pm
Program Runs January 17 – April 6, 2023 (Registration ends on January 27, 2023)

YMCA Member $90
Program Particiants $130