Balance and Movement Training Will Help Seniors Stay Active

By The Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore

According to the New York Times, “Balance training will help keep your core strong and you will be able to recognize improvements in coordination and posture. “The preponderance of evidence,” says Dr. David Thurman, a neurologist with the center and a spokesman for the American Academy of Neurology, “shows fairly convincingly that strength and balance training can reduce the rate of falls by up to about 50 percent. The nervous system has considerably more regenerative capacity well into the senior years than we used to think. The capacity for adjustment, compensation and even developing new skills remains there.”

woman working outA surprising statistic: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, unintentional falls among those 65 and older are responsible for more than 18,000 deaths and nearly 450,000 hospitalizations annually in the United States. Most of these falls are caused by a decline in that complex and multidimensional human skill known as balance. However, this is something that can actually be worked on and improved.

Adults will have the opportunity to learn about balance and movement at both JCC’s this fall. Melissa Berman, the Assistant Director of Adult Life has organized “Balance Training for Better Living,” a free event that will take place on Sunday, November 6, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC. For more information, contact Melissa at 410.559.3593 or email

Lisa Shifren, JCC Adult Life Coordinator, is planning a three-session class at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC in November called, “Awareness Through Movement: Moshe Feldenkrais Method with Facilitator Jane Goldseker.” These sessions will focus on how to reclaim the ease of movement through the Feldenkrais Method.  Goldseker will help guide participants in reconnecting with their natural abilities to move. This event is open to everyone but the cost differs if you are not a JCC Member. For more information, call Lisa Shifren 410.500.5903.

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