Key Takeaways

  • Introduce a falls prevention program in your community that teaches older adults an eight-form routine of Tai Chi-based movements.

The YMCA’s Moving For Better Balance (MFBB) program is a falls prevention program developed by Fuzhong Li, PhD at the Oregon Research Institute with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The program is led by a qualified instructor and teaches an eight-form routine of Tai Chi-based movements modified specially for falls prevention.

NoteTrack health promotion program guidance during COVID-19 regularly for updates to program implementation and training options. Programs traditionally implemented in-person may be temporarily allowable by telephone or online.

  • Target audience: To qualify, participants must be 65 years or older, physically mobile, with impaired stability and/or mobility or 45 years or older, with a chronic condition that may impact stability and/or mobility. A Y membership is not required to participate therefore is not be used as an exclusionary criterion. 
  • Health outcomes: Moving For Better Balance works to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility to enhance overall physical health.
  • Delivered by: Trained lay leader
  • Program type: Group
  • Format: In-person in community with at home practice (or remote during public health emergencies)
  • Length: 11 or more sessions
  • Training: In-person, online during public health emergencies
  • Professional required: No
  • Accessibility adaptations available: Yes (varies by location)
  • Cultural adaptations available: Yes (varies by location)
  • Available in languages other than English: Varies by location
  • Topic(s):
    • Falls Prevention

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