Here is a way to look after our bodies and minds to help prevent falls as we age, by moving a little or a lot, sitting in our chairs listening to music as we move, and have fun while doing it!

AGELESS GRACE

21 Simple Tools for Lifelong Comfort and Ease

Ageless Grace is a cutting-edge brain fitness program based on neuroplasticity that activates all 5 functions of the brain – analytical, strategic, kinesthetic learning, memory/recall, creativity and imagination – and simultaneously addresses all 21 physical skills needed for lifelong optimal function. Created by Denise Medved, the program consists of 21 simple exercise Tools designed for all ages and abilities. These exercises, based on everyday movements that are natural and organic, focus on the healthy longevity of the body and mind.

The 21 Tools have creative, imaginative names, so they are easy to remember. They are simple to do at home. The movements are designed to be performed seated in a chair, yet they can be done on a bed, standing near or behind a chair, down on the floor, or standing. Almost anyone can do them, regardless of most physical conditions.

The Benefits of Chair Exercises

Challenge Your Brain If someone asked you to play baseball, or do yoga, or perform a breaststroke while seated, chances are you would have to think about how to move your body to make this happen. When you have to figure out how to move your body in a new and different way you are engaging your brain.

Core Strength It is often easy to ‘cheat’ when standing up and performing an exercise. You can avoid using the parts of your body that aren’t strong by using muscles that are strong – but when you sit in a chair you must use your core muscles. A stronger core makes for a stronger and happier body!

Almost anyone can exercise in a chair. It really levels the playing field. Twisted your ankle? Just had surgery? Do you have limited mobility? Does regular exercise (standing up) make you dizzy? Just sit down and perform the same motions in a chair!

Being skeptical about the tools I am talking about, here is one of the tools that I talk of that will help with our balance and help prevent falls.

TOOL #15: BALANCING ACT “Better Balance: Easy exercises to improve stability and prevent falls” Harvard Health Publications http://www.health.harvard.edu/exercise-and-fitness/better-balance-easy-exercises-to-improve-stability-and-prevent-falls “More than one-third of seniors fall every year, leading to hip fractures and even death. Practice exercises that improve balance.” Cleveland Clinic Editors, Cleveland Clinic http://www.clevelandclinicwellness.com/DailyDose/archive/2012/01/18/Daily-Wellness-Tip-1- 18-12.aspx’ “Cognitive Training among Cognitively Impaired Older Adults: A Feasibility Study Assessing the Potential Improvement in Balance.” Smith-Ray RL, Irmiter C, Boulter K. Front Public Health. 2016 Oct 17;4:219. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27800473

If you have any questions or would like to try these tools out for Lifelong Comfort and Ease you can contact Fran Martin HCC RPN at 905-768-1181 or email frances.martin@mncfn.ca