Beginning the week of Jan. 13, the Jamestown and Lakewood YMCAs will be offering 12-week sessions of Moving for Better Balance, an evidence-based fall prevention program for older adults. The program protocol consists of a core 8-form routine and a subroutine of eight integrated therapeutic movements, which, collectively, involve a set of simple, continuous, rhythmic and functional Tai Chi-based actions.
Chautauqua County Emergency Medical Personnel respond to more than 20 falls a day with 427 hospitalizations in 2010 at a cost of $5.4 million. Chautauqua County has one of the highest fall rates per capita in the nation.
The Moving for Better Balance program represents a significant enhancement of traditional Tai Chi by transforming the movements into therapeutic training for balance and integrating the movements into daily functioning for older adults. Research participants who engaged in the program three times a week over the course of 26 weeks saw a dramatic 55 percent improvement in balance.
Classes will be offered at the Jamestown YMCA on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-10:45 a.m., beginning Jan. 15. The Lakewood YMCA will offer classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-9 a.m., beginning Jan. 15. The classes are free to Y members. The non-member cost is $76 for the 12-week session. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. For more information or to register, visit or call either the Jamestown YMCA at 101 E. Fourth St., 664-2802 or the Lakewood YMCA at 176 Fairmount Ave., 763-0303.