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The Rye YMCA celebrated the first day of autumn—Friday, September 22—by offering free resources and classes on preventing falls to seniors. The activities tied into a nation-wide Falls Prevention Day, which was launched ten years ago by the National Council on Aging and a coalition of organizations.
In addition to distributing fruit, water and informational handouts, Rye Y staff led older adults in gentle exercises that emphasized balance and flexibility. Three classes were held throughout the day, including “Standing Strong/Better Balance”, Tai Chi and Enhance Fitness. Tai Chi and Enhance Fitness are offered on a regular basis to Rye Y members.
Rye resident George Worthington said that he attended Standing Strong out of “curiosity.” “Balance is pretty important in our lives,” he remarked after the class. “Especially if you want to get through life safely. It’s a challenge for seniors every day.”
Fitness instructor Angela Hultberg who led the balance class and also teaches Enhance Fitness, observed that Tai Chi and other gentle physical activity can provide “an enriching experience that helps you get in touch with your movements.”
For more information on falls prevention and other programs for seniors, contact Penny Cozza, Active Older Adult Coordinator at 914-967-6363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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