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Move With Balance: Healthy Aging Activities for Brain and Body Paperback – January 25, 2013
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"A nicely packaged, highly original instructional guide for seniors that blends exercises for body and mind. Peterson includes an explanation of each exercise's purpose and step-by-step instructions for completing it. She also provides quality full-color photos of happy seniors doing the exercises and having fun. The book is well organized and well written, and Peterson supplements the text with a website, MovewithBalance.org, which features videos of each exercise. An engaging, useful guidebook for seniors who want to maintain their sense of balance-and balance their senses."-Kirkus Reviews
"This book gives tips not only to individuals but also to group leaders and professional caregivers. Move with Balance is a handy guide for seniors and those who care for them. Peterson offers what appears to be sound guidance to elderly people that encourages them to make deliberate moves to help improve their balance, cognition, and lives in general"--ForeWord Clarion Review (Five Stars out of Five)
From the Author
As children, we roll down hills, climb trees, hop and skip, all of which help us develop balance and coordination while firing up new neural pathways in our growing brains.
What happens when we grow "too old" for such games?
We become less sure on our feet and more vulnerable to falls - which can be devastating for seniors and younger people with bone-density issues. And with little stimulating our cognitive function, our brains lose agility.
As a certified educational kinesiologist, vision improvement instructor, massage therapist, Touch for Health instructor, I worked with children, athletes, teachers and others for years, teaching them exercises designed to boost development in particular areas, such as focus and coordination. Twenty years ago, I started working with seniors, adapting the exercises but keeping the playful element,
The activities, tested and clarified through innumerable sessions with thousands of senior citizens, evolved into the Move With Balance® program, for which I recently published an illustrated guide book, "Move With Balance®: Healthy Aging Activities for Brain and Body." The book and 60 online videos allow other organizations serving seniors to adopt the program. Great for group leaders, caregivers, and truthfully....anyone.
Move with Balance®: teams a fit and active elder with a frail elderly partner. The fit elder physically assists the frail elder, as needed, and provides a safety net of sorts. Knowing there's someone who is close by and can help if they should lose their balance, frailer participants have the confidence they need to try new moves.