Stop the Fall BEFORE it Happens–Balance and Stretch for Aging Populations

CEUs–NASM: 0.2; AFAA: 2.0; NSCA: 0.3; ISSA: 2.0

One of the greatest threats to aging populations is a lack of balance and coordination. This can lead to falls and other accidents that are entirely preventable, but many professionals aren’t always certain of how to properly engage and instruct seniors in improving their balance and coordination. Furthermore, stretching has been shown to increase elasticity of muscles, which is necessary for positive muscular health, especially as people age. This directly leads to injury prevention and increased mobility. Accidents, and especially falls, have a negative impact on health, function and independent living. This course will instruct professionals in the basics of developing a balance and stretch plan for seniors as well as an effective means of teaching and encouragement along the way. It will also teach the important safety considerations to keep in mind for aging adults and specific exercises that will elicit dramatic results.