September is National Fall Prevention Awareness Month

Exciting things will be happening in September as we ease into Fall,   in honor of National Fall Prevention Awareness Month.

New classes for Balance,  Beginning October 1, 2018.   Tai Chi for Health,  Balance, Falls Prevention  at St Philips in the Hills Church.  4440 N Campbell Road, Tucson.  Music Hall.  Mondays and Thursdays 9-10am.  more details on calendar.  Registration at events@heatherchalon.com.

Included in the awareness events:

I appeared on KGUN9  Morning Blend TV show,  September 6, watch now

I am presenting at the Arizona Aging Well Conference in Phoenix,  September 21.  That evening the Arizona Falls Prevention Coalition is holding a vigil for those who have succumbed to falls – “Light Up the Night”

Our team of certified Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention (TCAFP) instructors will be on-hand to answer questions and offer TCAFP demonstrations at numerous events in collaboration with Southern Arizona Falls Prevention Coalition, including:          click for   Falls Events Flyer

Jewish Community Center,  Sept 7,  9-11:30am

Ellie Towne Flowing Wells, Community Center, Sept 13,  9-11:30am

Banner University Medical Center, Sept 14,  9-11:30am

Santa Cruz Caregiver Education and Fall Prevention Conference, Sept 17, 9-2:30

No Falls Fair,  TMC for Seniors,  Sept 18, 9-11:30.

Stay Vertical event in Green Valley.  This year’s event is September 24 at Valley Presbyterian Church in Green Valley from 9 am until noon.

October continues the awareness raising.

October 26, 2018,  Arizona Falls Prevention Coalition hosts STAND UP to FALLS  Sypmosium and Community Event.  Keynote CDC Speaker:  Dr Janice Mark.   Co-sponsored by Master Trainer Heather Chalon, MPH/ Arizona Tai Chi for Health Institute community – offering a demo class and info table. Register Now

Culminating in hosting Dr Paul Lam,  Founder of the Tai Chi for Health Institute,  World Leader in Tai Chi for Health Programs – joining us from Sydney Australia to lead two Tai Chi workshops.   October 26,  Enhancing Sun Style 73 forms.  October 27-28,  Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention.  Details.

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

Dr Lam coming to Tempe (Phoenix) AZ October 26-28 for two workshops. register for Dr Lam workshops

Thanks to our Sponsor Arizona Department of Health Services, and partner Arizona Falls Prevention Coalition.

 

Read more:  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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Help Spread the Word: Flyers for Tai Chi and Qigong events

Thank you for downloading and distributing through your own email list or posting in social media and/or printing flyers to help us spread the word about upcoming local events.  These are just a few of the events I am leading.   If you would like a flyer for an event listed on my calendar but not posted here,  please let me know by emailing events@heatherchalon.com

National Public Health Week, UofA College of Public Health & Confucius Institute host Chinese Health Day. Demos and Info.  Flyer: Flyer for UA Health Day 2018 for public

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day  Saturday April 28.

Tucson Flyer: World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2018 – V2,   Map:   Tai Chi Reid Park-V4

Bullhead City Flyer:  

Tai Chi for Health Skill Builder May 5,  flyer: Skill Builder May 5 2018

Dr Lam in Phoenix Enhancing Sun 73 October 26, Depth of TCAFP October 27-28.  Flyers coming soon.

Tai Chi for Health: A Community Approach,  info sheet.  Share with anyone seeking collaboration in bringing evidence-based, CDC recommended Falls Prevention,  Chronic Conditions prevention and maintenance programming to their community.  info sheet: Tai Chi for Fall Prevention A Community Approach 2017

Find a instructor,  for handing out at classes and public events.   email me if you would like the word file to customize for your community. flyer: Find an instructor events flyer Alz Assoc

 

 

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Tai Chi for Health Skill Builders, Sun Style. Tai Chi principles for all styles

Like to organize a Skill Builder in your area?  Just ask.   TCA, TCR, TCE, Sun 73,  Wu Style, Inner Structure of Tai Chi,  Qigong as a tool for developing Tai Chi skills.

Please help spread the word – find flyers to download and print

Tai chi Skill Builder trainings:   ‘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. With a path for developing Sun Style 73 forms.  Instruction and practice.   All levels.  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. 

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, with a willingness to follow along with more advanced forms.  If your primary interest is Sun 73 forms,  please attend the whole workshop – we will explore forms and principles throughout the session and will not repeat movements already covered in the first two hours. 

Note: The basic skills can be obtained by DVD or Dr Lam’s online courses if participation in this workshop series appeals to those who would like to develop a Tai Chi for Health practice and an intensive is the best option due to one’s own schedule in contrast to weekly classes by our team of certified instructors. (see calendar for ongoing classes)  

Other opportunities for Skill Development March and April.

TUCSON – May 5,2018 (Saturday).  noon-4pm Dance Studio, Junior League of Tucson Inc, 2099 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718.   Note: noon-2 TCA/TCA2, noon-4 Sun 73.  If your interest is in Sun 73, please attend all 4 hours, as skill development of forms will take place throughout the entire session.  Registration:  $20 for TCA/TCA2.  $30 including Sun 73. Space is limited.  Reserve your space by emailing events@heatherchalon.com, specify which session(s) you will attend.  An email will be sent to you with payment options.

Dates coming for TCA/FP Skill Builders in Phoenix, Havasu City and Yuma. Please let Heather know in advance of your interest,  events@heatherchalon.com  and to ensure you recieve notification.