Exercise for seniors geared to boost balance

Exercise for seniors geared to boost balance

SEATTLE — Six women in their 60s to 80s lunge side to side within a YMCA pool, essentially emulating falling and regaining balance. At times during the one-hour class, they also pad about, reaching for bobbing Nerf balls and balance on one leg and against turbulence.

Occupational therapist Jeanne Shepard, who teaches the class in the Seattle suburb of Shoreline, believes that water’s buoyancy and resistance are natural aides in helping seniors prepare against falls. (more…)