SURPRISE, ARIZ., Aug. 31, 2017 – The human ability to balance seems so simple that we often take it for granted. But, in fact, human balance is an incredibly complex process, requiring, well — a delicate balance.

“Our sensory systems, our brain and our muscles and joints all need to work in harmony to enable us to stand and move without falling,” says Rhonda Zonoozi, an exercise physiologist and fall-prevention expert from the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing.

As people age, there’s a tendency to lose some sense of balance. That can lead to falls, which can cause pain and suffering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among adults 65 and older in the United States.

But, falling is not an inevitable part of aging, Zonoozi says. “There are practical actions all of us can take to improve our balance and prevent fall-related injuries.”

She and a host of other fall prevention experts will share information on reducing the risk of falls and improving balance at the Third Annual Stand Up To Falling Down, a free half-day event, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, at The Colonnade, 19116 Colonnade Way in Surprise.

Hosted by the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing, this free event will include:

  • Individual fall-risk assessments (Registration required due to a limited number of appointments)
  • A keynote address presented by orthopedic surgeon Kelly Krohn of the CORE Institute, on “Taking Responsibility For Your Bone Health.”
  • Health professionals sharing evidence-based information on home safety and fall prevention
  • Demonstrations about exercise, assistive devices and other ways to decrease the risk of falling.

Register for an individual fall-risk screening by calling 623-832-WELL (9355). The screenings, developed by the CDC, include a four-stage balance test, a 30-second chair-stand test and a timed up-and-go test.

The event is being held in conjunction with the National Council on Aging’s 10th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day.

The Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing provides classes and individual consultations to help people improve their balance. Classes include Balance and Strength Training, a Matter of Balance and the Individual Balance Assessment and Training Program and the Fit and Balanced exercise series. For more information, call 623-832-WELL (9355) or go to sunhealthwellbeing.org.

About Sun Health
A long-standing champion of healthy living and superior health care, Sun Health is a community-based nonprofit providing pathways to population health through philanthropy, community wellness programs and services, and senior living programs and communities. Learn more at www.sunhealth.org.

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