September is National Fall Prevention Awareness Month

Exciting things happen in September as we ease into Fall,   in honor of National Fall Prevention Awareness Month.    2019 also brought a great line up of events throughout Arizona.   Where ever you live,  it is a great time to reach out to State and local  organizations, especially Falls Prevention Coalitions and Area Offices on Aging to take part in 2019 events.

Did you know? In 2016 in our state of Arizona, unintentional falls contributed to:

· 974 Deaths,
· 14,384 Inpatient Hospitalizations
· 42,808 Emergency Department Visits

The Falls Free Initiative is led by the National Council on Aging. The members at the Arizona Falls Prevention Coalition support the initiative through our mission: “To reduce risk of falls in Arizona through education, outreach, evaluation and advocacy”.

2017 and 2018, I appeared on ABC local affiliate KGUN9  Morning Blend TV show,  watch now

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 our State’s Falls Prevention Coalitions, including:        (more events to be listed soon)

September 4-5, 2019,  Coconino County Department of Health Services hosts  Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention Instructor Qualification Training.   Flagstaff.  CEUS available to Health and Wellness Professionals.  Details at

September 27, 2019,  Arizona Falls Prevention Coalition hosts STAND UP to FALLS  Symposium and Community Event.  Co-sponsored by Master Trainer Heather Chalon, MPH/ Arizona Tai Chi for Health Institute community – offering a demo class and info table.  8am-4pm.

September 27, 2019,  University of Arizona Fall Prevention Institute.  Health Sciences Innovation Bldg.  3:00-5:30pm.

October 26-27, 2019,   Tai chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention Instructor Qualification Training.  Tucson.  CEUS available to Health and Wellness Professionals.Details at

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.

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.


World Tai Chi and Qigong Day April 25, 2020

Please mark your calendar for Saturday April 25, 2020.  And if you are not already on my mailing list, please join so we can let you know about World Tai Chi and Qigong Day and other events: click here to sign up for announcements

Would you like to help spread the word about this event? World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Flyer (2)

Celebrating World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, annually at Reid Park, West side of the park, enter at Concert Place.   There will be a large sign to guide you in to where we meet.

Everyone welcome. All Styles and Forms.

Event is 9-11 am Sat April 25, 2020. Instructors who would like to lead a group demo (ideally something others can follow too), please sign in at 8:45. Amplification will be provided.

10 a.m. we will all join in a qigong ceremony to gather the love and harmonious Qi flowing around the globe on this day, infuse it with Tucson love, and send back out to the world.

Shade trees, bathrooms nearby, picnic tables. Bring a sun hat, chair, along with your loving self. We look forward to seeing you there.

This annual event is a world-wide movement:  One World, One Breath.

More info at

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.  If you would like a flyer for an event listed on my calendar but not posted here,  please let me know by emailing

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.  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. Find an instructor handout flyer DOH and AFPC logos

EVENT is FULL.   Qigong – Healing Tao, Tao Trilogy Winter Spring 2020  Winter Spring 2020.  email if you would like to be added to wait list –

Tai Chi for Heart Cond   Tai Chi for Heart Conditions Instructor Training Tucson, AZ January 25-26, 2020.  Also one day TCA, TCAFP,  Seated TCA training January 27.    Both are open for registration at

Tai Chi for Rehabilitation Instructor Training Tucson, AZ February 28-29, 2020

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2020  World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Flyer (2)

Sample Skill Builder Flyer: Phoenix May 5 Skill Builder Flyer Skill Builder May 5 2019


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