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Getting Better at Getting Older: Balance Better!

This is a course that addresses techniques to help us maintain our independence as we age and will pay particular attention to balance and strength changes over time. Falls and dizziness are among the leading causes of physician visits as we age, and the fear of falling is a major factor in people losing their independence. The decline in the nervous and muscular systems contributing to falls actually begins in our 30s, although it is not always appreciated until our 60s or 70s. Everyone hears that exercise is beneficial. However, most of us are either “too busy,” “too afraid to fall,” or “don’t know which exercises to do.” This course addresses the physiologic changes that occur over time and how we can combat these changes. The aim of the course is to give individuals the knowledge and exercises to stay safe and independent. Though movement and exercises will be discussed, an actual workout will not be a part of this lecture course.

Instructor Bio:

Over the past 19 years, James Collins has worked as a physical therapist, focusing on the role of lifelong fitness, fall prevention, and healthy aging. Mr. Collins received certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation in 2002. Since receiving his certification he has taught multiple courses to other health professionals. Mr. Collins’ love for physical activity has been passed to his entire family as well as to others he provided therapy.

Recommended Reading:

Reynolds, Gretchen. The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer, 2012. Nelson, Miriam and Sarah Wernick. Strong Women Stay Young, Rev. ed., 2000.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A03 James Collins Sep 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16 Mo 1:00-2:30 p.m. UVA SCPS WL

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