September is National Fall Prevention Awareness Month

Exciting things will be happening all month in honor of National Fall Prevention Awareness Day, September 22, 2017

Heather with Dr Paul Lam, TCHI Founder and Dr Richard Carmona, 17th US Surgeon General

September 11-12,  Neurology Symposium,  Territory Neurology Institute.  “How Tai Chi helps spirit, mind, body for balance and well-being”   Hacienda Del Sol.    I will give a brief talk with a group of us leading an interactive demo on Monday 10:30-11:00 AND we have an information table both days, 9 am -3:30pm Monday,  9am-4:15pm Tuesday.  Lunch will be provided – please register at http://territorynri.com/3rd-annual-neuroscience-support-skills-symposium/

Sept 18-20-22  Golder Ranch Fire District, Oro Valley  “Senior Safety Days”.  Demo classes Sept 18 and 20 9-10am, Information and how to get started in Tai Chi for Fall Prevention Sept 22, 9-noon. 1175 W Magee, Station 610

Sept 22, Valley Assistance Services,  Green Valley  “Stay Vertical” Event. Valley Presbyterian Church.  10-1. Lunch will be served.  Tai Chi for Fall Prevention info table all morning,  demo at approximately 11:30.

Sept 22, with Healthy Pima Initiative and Southern Arizona Fall Prevention Coalition, I made an appearance on Morning Blend TV Show.  http://www.kgun9.com/morning-blend/pima-county-programs-proven-to-help-prevent-falls

Sept 22,  Light Up the Night,  Phoenix.   TCHI, Master Trainer Heather Chalon, MPH is an event sponsor.  See Flyer for detailsLight Up the Night-AFPC-Flyer-Final (2)    6:30-7:30, Civic Space Park,  424 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ

Falls are NOT a natural part of the aging process.  Programs such as the evidence based,  Tai chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention program,  endorsed by the CDC, National council on Aging,  Arthritis Foundation, and more,   help millions of people every day to gain strength, balance, mobility, and friendships.   Locally instructors offer weekly classes designed to be safe, effective, and enjoyable.  Ask Master Trainer, Heather Chalon, MPH how you can participate in classes,  learn how to become a practice leader or instructor,  bring the program to your location.   heather@heatherchalon.com

Many people think falls are a normal part of aging. The truth is, they’re not. Most falls can be prevented—and you have the power to reduce your risk.

Exercising, managing your medications, having your vision checked, and making your living environment safer are all steps you can take to prevent a fall.

Every year on the first day of fall, we celebrate National Falls Prevention Awareness Day to bring attention to this growing public health issue. To promote greater awareness and understanding here are 10 common myths—and the reality—about older adult falls:

Myth 1: Falling happens to other people, not to me.

Reality: Many people think, “It won’t happen to me.” But the truth is that 1 in 4 older adults fall every year in the U.S.

Myth 2: Falling is something normal that happens as you get older.

Reality: Falling is not a normal part of aging. Strength and balance exercises, managing your medications, having your vision checked and making your living environment safer are all steps you can take to prevent a fall.

Myth 3: If I limit my activity, I won’t fall.

Reality: Some people believe that the best way to prevent falls is to stay at home and limit activity. Not true. Performing physical activities will actually help you stay independent, as your strength and range of motion benefit from remaining active. Social activities are also good for your overall health.

Myth 4: As long as I stay at home, I can avoid falling.

Reality: Over half of all falls take place at home. Inspect your home for fall risks. Fix simple but serious hazards such as clutter, throw rugs, and poor lighting. Make simple home modifications, such as adding grab bars in the bathroom, a second handrail on stairs, and non-slip paint on outdoor steps.

Myth 5: Muscle strength and flexibility can’t be regained.

Reality: While we do lose muscle as we age, exercise can partially restore strength and flexibility. It’s never too late to start an exercise program. Even if you’ve been a “couch potato” your whole life, becoming active now will benefit you in many ways—including protection from falls.

Myth 6: Taking medication doesn’t increase my risk of falling.

Reality: Taking any medication may increase your risk of falling. Medications affect people in many different ways and can sometimes make you dizzy or sleepy. Be careful when starting a new medication. Talk to your health care provider about potential side effects or interactions of your medications.

Myth 7: I don’t need to get my vision checked every year.

Reality: Vision is another key risk factor for falls. Aging is associated with some forms of vision loss that increase risk of falling and injury. People with vision problems are more than twice as likely to fall as those without visual impairment. Have your eyes checked at least once a year and update your eyeglasses. For those with low vision there are programs and assistive devices that can help. Ask your optometrist for a referral.

Myth 8: Using a walker or cane will make me more dependent.

Reality: Walking aids are very important in helping many older adults maintain or improve their mobility. However, make sure you use these devices safely. Have a physical therapist fit the walker or cane to you and instruct you in its safe use.

Myth 9: I don’t need to talk to family members or my health care provider if I’m concerned about my risk of falling. I don’t want to alarm them, and I want to keep my independence.

Reality: Fall prevention is a team effort. Bring it up with your doctor, family, and anyone else who is in a position to help. They want to help you maintain your mobility and reduce your risk of falling.

Myth 10: I don’t need to talk to my parent, spouse, or other older adult if I’m concerned about their risk of falling. It will hurt their feelings, and it’s none of my business.

Reality: Let them know about your concerns and offer support to help them maintain the highest degree of independence possible. There are many things you can do, including removing hazards in the home, finding a fall prevention program in the community, or setting up a vision exam.

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Monthly Tai Chi for Health Skill Builders & Sun Style 73 forms Tai Chi. Tai Chi principles for all styles

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A WAY TO START LEARNING TAI CHI on weekends  OR  want to learn HOW TO TEACH THE Evidence based,  CDC endorsed PROGRAM?

Tai Chi Skill Builder trainings: These 3 hour workshops are  ‘intensives’ designed to help participants develop their skills in Tai Chi for Health’s evidence based, CDC recommended program Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA) for Fall Prevention.  Includes Seated TCA.

Who should attend: all tai chi players and instructors of tai chi,  who are familiar with the program, at a minimum – the qigong warm-ups and cool-downs and the basic 6 forms both directions.  

Sun Style 73 forms.  Instruction and practice.   All levels, including beginners are welcome.  We will break into groups as needed to meet individual goals.   Exploring Tai Chi principles that apply to all Tai Chi forms, and deepening understanding of unique characteristics of Sun Style.   Saturday morning sessions will provide a foundation for ease in experiencing 73 Sun Style. 

Note on both sessions: The basic skills can be obtained by DVD if participation in this workshop series appeals to those who would like to develop a Tai Chi for Health practice and a monthly intensive is the best option due to one’s own schedule in contrast to other offerings by our team of certified instructors.  Please contact Heather at heather@heatherchalon.com  to develop your own plan for participation.

Remaining Dates 2017  (we are working on the dates for 2018) 

September 16  

October 14 

November 18

December 9

Location: Dance Studio, Junior League of Tucson Inc, 2099 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718, USA

Registration:  early-bird fee is $25 per workshop.$30 at the door.  For Skill Builders.   early-bird fee for Sun 73 is $30.  $35 at the door.  Take both workshops on the same day – $50 pre-reg.  $60 at the door.   Please register at least 14 days prior to each Skill Builder, by emailing Heather at events@heatherchalon.com.   An email will be sent to you with payment options. 

AUTUMN: Metal Element Way of Tao

Fall is the season of harvest, a time to pull inward and gather together on all levels, a time to store up fuel, food, and warm clothing, a time to study and plan for the approaching stillness of winter. Everything in nature contracts and moves its essence inward and downward.Easing Into Autumn Leaves and fruit fall, seeds dry, the sap of trees goes into the roots. This is the time of the Metal element, the lungs, skin, nose, color white, pungent flavor, balanced emotions of joy, harmony, courage. Imbalances such as grief, sadness, and despair can be transformed with our conscious attention to our patterns and practices.

Foods: We become aware of the season’s abundant yet contracting nature. Choose more astringent foods (e.g. spinach and radish) with heartier flavors. Cooking methods involve focused preparation to supply greater energy required by cooler seasons. The essence of food is received through the sense of smell, with baked or sauteed dishes – concentrated foods to thicken the blood for winter. In general, cook with less water, lower heat, for longer periods of time. Include more sour (a little goes a long way) foods such as sourdough bread, sauerkraut, olives, pickles, leeks, aduki beans, salt plums, rose hip tea, vinegar, cheese, yogurt, lemons, limes, grapefruit, and the sour varieties of apples, plums, and grapes. To counter dryness, add a small amount of fresh soy products, spinach, barley, millet, pear, persimmon, loquat, seaweeds, almond, sesame seed, honey, eggs, and a little salt in cooking moistens dryness.

Connecting with the Earth. As we root our feet and open to receiving the earth’s nourishing energies, be mindful that the ground is becoming cooler now. Shoes should be warn when standing on cool ground. This includes indoors. Enjoy bare feet when the day is warm and the earth has been warmed by the sun.

What you can do:
Pressing back palms qigong; qi self massage – tapping the thymus gland, SSSSS healing sound, playing the Tiger movement.

Access your inner courage, integrity, happiness - Tiger frolic with healing sound

Access your inner courage, integrity, happiness – Tiger frolic with healing sound; qi self massage lung tops/cross forearms over heart.

Don’t know these practices yet?

Please join us at qigong and /or tai chi class.