Lebanon, OH Falls are a leading cause of injury for people aged 65 and older, but they are not an inevitable part of aging and there are proven ways to prevent them. Countryside YMCA has two events coming up to empower older adults to stay active, independent, and safe in their homes and communities. The Y is celebrating Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Monday, September 23 and the Y is offering a free class in October called “A Matter of Balance.”
“If falls prevention isn’t something that you’re thinking about now, I promise there is someone in your life who’s worried about it,” said ACE-Certified Health Coach and YMCA instructor Cara Ebel, who will be teaching A Matter of Balance. “This kind of education can change a life, and I’m excited to be part of the Y’s commitment to supporting older adults in Warren County,” she added.
On National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, physical therapist Jesse Ehrnschwender from Atrium Medical Center will be available to answer questions about balance and fall risk from 10:00am to noon in the Stolle Center at the Y. Atrium Medical Center has offered physical therapy services at Countryside YMCA’s Lebanon location since 2001, including physical therapy evaluations and treatment for fall risk.
Ehrnschwender is certified by the American Institute of Balance in vestibular rehabilitation and concussion. “I became interested in balance when I realized there is a very real need for physical therapists to be ready to help with the wide variety of balance issues that can occur throughout all our lives. If we can’t balance well, we can’t move well. Balance is something that is both a more common issue and more treatable issue than I once thought.”
YMCA personal trainer Deanna Kempf agrees. “I work with senior clients who are very scared about the possibility of falling. I have them do a lot of balance training, and squats. Some of these exercises can be done at home, but the Y has a lot of equipment that’s helpful, too.”
“The most hopeful and useful thing to do to prevent falls is to be proactive! Most of the time we can improve our balance if we work at it in the right way. The best fall is one that never gets a chance to happen. Physical Therapy may help,” added Ehrnschwender.
“Falls prevention is a team effort that takes a balance of education, intervention, and community support,” said Chris Johnson, CEO at Countryside YMCA. “The coordinated efforts of our personal trainers, this class, and the physical therapists from Atrium is just one example of how the Y continues to provide opportunities for healthy living.”
A Matter of Balance will run for 8 sessions from October 3 to October 28, Monday and Thursday 10:00 – Noon at Countryside YMCA in Lebanon. Participants will learn to view falls as controllable, set realistic goals, change their environment to reduce risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.
This free class is offered to the community through support from the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio. Limited space is available, and interested participants should call the Y and register by September 30. To register, visit countrysideymca.org or contact Cara Ebel at 513 932 1424 185 or email@example.com
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