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There has been a lot of research regarding balance in older adults. What research seems to be the most promising in terms of falls and fall prevention, and why?

Great comments but it is not really fair to lay the blame completely on the shoulders of older adults - due to a lack of motivation, desire, etc. because many times we don't do that great a job of providing a program or facility that really connects with them. We cannot do the same things over and over again, even if it is re-packaged a little, and expect different results. It is up to us as programmers/managers/trainers/owners to specifically define what segment of the older adult "market" that we are trying to reach and then find out what connects with them. This group is very diverse and we need to think in diverse ways. No stereotyping, pigeon-holeing (how do you spell that?) or ****umptions allowed.

For example, you might offer a chair exercise cl****. That will definitely attract a particular segment of the older adult population. Other types of older adults may attend but they will likely become bored with it if they are too fit. Others will never attend because, even if it is physically appropriate for them, the idea of attending a chair exercise cl**** just makes them feel old (a definite turn-off). So let's get creative and even take age out of it. After all who doesn't know a 70 or 80 year old that could kick their tail in a marathon or biking or dancing? I certainly do.


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