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Group-based Balance and Mobility training for large or small groups promotes functional independence by improving or modifying the risk factors that contribute to heightened fall risk among “at risk” and physically frail older adults. The program content is designed to systematically manipulate the demands of the task to be performed and/or the constraints imposed by the practice environment in a way that matches each individual’s capabilities. The program is designed to challenge, but not exceed, the individual’s capabilities by systematically introducing balance and mobility tasks of increasing complexity that are to be performed in a variety of practice environments that simulate those encountered during daily life. The program content focuses on elevating the function of the sensory, motor, and cognitive systems through four core program components:

1) Volitional and non-volitional control of the center of gravity

2) Sensory reception and integration skills

3) Selection and scaling of postural control strategies

4) Development of a flexible and adaptable gait pattern

Upper and lower body strength, flexibility and endurance are systematically incorporated into the program, often in combination with the balance and mobility activities presented in the four components.

Clients and patients should experience:

• Full balance potential

• Increased limits of stability

• Improved performance of daily life activities

• Heightened awareness of risk factors and circumstances

• Improved integration of sensory information

• Improved postural alignment

• Increased confidence

• Improved walking ability

• Improved ability to recover from loss of balance

• Improved strength and flexibility

For more information contact:
Linda Cantrill