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 is shaping to with 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 https://taichiforhealthinstitute.org/workshops/workshop/?workshop_id=5123

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 https://taichiforhealthinstitute.org/workshops/workshop/?workshop_id=5124

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.  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

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

Chinese Health Day flyer Flyer for UA Health Day 2019

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day flyer World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2019

Phoenix May 5 Skill Builder Flyer Skill Builder May 5 2019

 

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Free Tai Chi, Qigong Classes at Pima County Libraries  

tai chi fun for everyone!

tai chi fun for everyone!

As classes are scheduled, they will be posted on this website and on the library events calendar

Currently scheduled for 2019:

Tuesdays

Completed.  River/Dusenberry Library  @ 11:00 am till noon. 6 weeks. January 15 – February 19. Check with librarian for sign up list.

Wednesdays

Completed.  Taft Wheeler Abbett Library Wednesdays @10:15-11:15, (6 lessons), Jan 9, 16, (NOT Jan 23), 30, Feb 6, 13, 20.

Thursdays

Ongoing. Joyner Green Valley Library, 11:30am to 12:30. ongoing (not 12/22),  with Donnie Poling and Mike Cline.

Summer 2019. Quincy Douglass,  2-3pm (3 lessons).  July 11, 18, 25.  Lead by Amber Frame, with Heather Chalon

Fridays

Completed. Kirk-Bear Canyon, 10:30-11:30. (6 lessons) January 11-February 15,  team taught with Heather Chalon.

Completed. Miller-Golf Links, 10-11. (6 lessons) January 25, Feb 1,8,15,22, Mar 1.  team taught with Heather Chalon and Donnie Poling.

Saturdays

Completed  Nanini, 2-3pm,, (6 lessons) March 23 – April 27.  team taught with Heather Chalon and Judy Safarewitz.

Sundays

Completed. Eckstrom-Columbus Library, 2-3 pm, (4 lessons) Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, 2019.  taught by Amber Frame.

 

If you would like to receive notification of schedule, please sign up for my announcements/newsletter.

Library Classes are free of charge and open to everyone.    Check you local library to see if they are planning to host a Tai Chi for Health class or series. m

No experience required.  Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes and flat, well-fitted shoes.

Bring water to drink.  Everyone can participate, even seated.

Tai Chi for Health is safe, effective, fun for anyone who is interested in learning about the ancient art of tai chi.   Known to improve balance, mental clarity, relieve pain, create overall feeling of well-being. Gentle movement.  Can be done in a chair. Qigong warm-ups and cool-downs, introducing 6 tai chi forms.

NOTE:  Please check our calendar (‘agenda’ view is easiest) for classes in the community, lead by one of our Tai Chi for Health Institute Certified Instructors.   Our goal is to make Tai Chi for Health accessible to everyone, regardless of circumstances.

Visit the library website for further details: https://pima.bibliocommons.com/events/search/index