September is National Fall Prevention Awareness Month

Exciting things will be happening all month in honor of National Fall Prevention Awareness Day, First Day of Fall.

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

We enjoyed numerous wonderful events across Arizona in 2017.  Check this space for September 2018 Fall Prevention Awareness events, culminating in Dr Lam coming to Phoenix AZ in October.

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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Tai Chi for Arthritis  and Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention

register at https://taichiforhealthinstitute.org/

Mark your calendar!  Dr Lam, founder of TCHI will be joining us from Sydney in 2018.    Two events in Phoenix.    October 26, 2018,  Enhancing Sun 73.  October 27-28, 2018  Exploring the Depth of TCA/FP, incl. TCA2.

Just For Fun Pricing for all Tai Chi enthusiasts

Tai Chi for Arthritis; Fall Prevention workshop February 4-5, 2016 Tucson, AZ

Tai Chi for Arthritis; Fall Prevention workshop  Tucson, AZ

These workshops are designed for certification instructors to safely and effectively offer classes in their community.

  1. Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention (core Tai Chi for Health Program)

An application form, questionnaire, and release will be sent to all who register.
All participants will receive a certificate; however,only participants who fulfill the requirements
will be certified to teach this program.

This Workshop is designed for:
Tai chi students or teachers
Fall prevention professionals
Physical / Occupational therapists
Exercise instructors
Arthritis educators or individuals working
with arthritis programs
Sports medicine professionals
Nurses
Other health care professionals
Rheumatology professionals
Other individuals interested in tai chi

CEU Credits –2 day workshop 14 credits
(TCAFP) 3-day workshop 21 credits -contact
hours for CEUs for Physical Therapists (PTs &
PTAs), Occupational Therapists (OTs and
OTAs), Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Practical
Nurses (LPN), Licensed Mental Health Technicians
(LMHT), & American College of Sports
Medicine Certified Professionals (ACSMP).
$30 extra charge for CEU Certificate

An abundance of current medical research shows the practice of tai chi has excellent health benefits and very low risk of injury. Because of this, many doctors are recommending it to their patients. This has increased the demand for classes and instructors. Most facilities require certification of their instructors.

2. Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 2.

Instructor Certification.   Additional Tai chi movements include the key forms in traditional sun style.  Deepen understanding of the TCA program, teaching mehtodology, how to teach TCA / TCAFP effectively. This is a great workshop for taking next steps once you are comfortable with TCA / TCAFP, a way to offer participants more breadth and depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention.

3. Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis

Instructor Certification. Deepen understanding of the TCA program, teaching methodology, how to teach effectively for seated participants.

Workshop Details
Dates: TCAFP April 20-21,2017.  TCA 2  April 22.  Seated TCA April 23.
Times: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Junior League of Tucson, AZ
2099 E River Rd
Registration Fee includes certificate, tea & light snacks.
Resource material not included but can be purchased at
www.taichiproductions.com Registrants receive 20% workshop attendee discount with their order (promo code given upon registration).
RESOURCE MATERIALS:
Teaching Tai Chi Effectively (book)
Tai Chi for Arthritis DVD (2 DVD set)
Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis (DVD)
It is required that participants have or purchase and study the DVD(s) and book prior to the workshop.

About the Instructors
Becky Rahe, Master Trainer, from Toledo OH, began teaching tai chi and qigong in 2004. She works with Dr. Lam taking the Tai Chi for Health Programs across the United States. Becky brings varied experience in different styles of tai chi and forms including Yang,Chen, Sun, and other forms of qigong. Master Trainers are personally trained and authorized by Dr. Lam to conduct Tai Chi for Health Instructor Workshops. www.TCHinNWO.com
Heather Chalon, MPH, Master Trainer in Training, from Tucson AZ began her tai chi and qigong journey while living in China in the mid-1980s. She has been teaching for nearly two decades. She is an expert in Wu Style Tai Chi chuan, Universal Healing Tao practices, and as a Public Health Consultant, has been working with Dr. Paul Lam since 2011 bringing the health benefits of tai chi, specifically Sun Style, to Arizona and the Southwestern US. http://www.heatherchalon.com

What is Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention?
Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention (TCA;FP), designedby Australian family physician Paul Lam and a team
of tai chi and medical experts, is based on the Sun style tai chi. TCA is easy to learn, effective, and safe, yet has much depth for more advanced learners. Clinical and research studies show this program to be safe and effective for people with arthritis. It is also endorsed by the CDC as one of their recommended Fall Prevention programs and is one of the highest level evidence based programs of the Agency on Aging.

Seated Tai Chi Training February 6, 2016 Tucson AZ

Seated Tai Chi Training  Tucson AZ

Common Benefits of Tai Chi
Fall Prevention
Better balance and coordination
Builds muscle strength & stamina
Improves posture & biomechanics
Improves circulation
Enhances Immune System
Enhances flow of energy
Promotes flexibility
Improves stress management
Anyone can benefit from coming to this workshop whether you plan to teach or not… You will enjoy learning this beautiful set of tai chi.

Registration / Payment
Register for one or both workshops online at TCHI.org Payment details will be sent upon registration.

Questions? Contact Workshop Facilitator Heather Chalon, MPH at heather@heatherchalon.com.

Pricing:

TCAFP        $250/2 days.
Add TCA + $50 (pre-workshop assignment due April 3)

Update/recert $150.  (Day 2 required, recommend both days.  Same price.)

Just for Fun $125

TCA 2        $150              JFF $75

STCA         $150              JFF $75

Specials:

4 Days,certs $400

TCAFP + 1 day $375

Options:

Proof of current CPR is required for re-certification and TCHI Board Certified Instructor status.

If there is enough interest a CPR/BLS class can be offered on one of the evenings. $30.

Updates – $40 per update.  Assignments completed 10 days prior to workshop, or with approved exception.  currently available updates from Heather Chalon, MT – Tai Chi for Arthritis, TCA for Fall Prevention, TCA 2, Seated TCA.

Professional continuing education credits (CEUs) are offered for all workshops.  14 CEUs for the two day workshop $30 / 6.5 CEUs for each of the one day workshops $15 per day.

Detailed directions and hotel information will be sent to all registered participants.
(contact Heather if you are interested in shared housing accommodations…)