Center for Living Well at Medical City Plano
Medical City Plano's Center for Living Well offers a comprehensive, evidence-based fall prevention program designed specifically for older adults. Ground-level falls are the leading cause of injury and death for seniors, threatening their safety and independence and generating enormous economic and personal costs.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Every 20 minutes an older adult dies from a fall
- An older adult falls every second of every day; one-quarter of Americans 65 and older falls each year
- Nearly 3 million older adults are treated in emergency departments for nonfatal fall injures each year
- One out of 5 falls causes a serious injury, such as head trauma or a fracture
"Since beginning these classes, I haven't fallen once! I've lost weight, am healthier and feel better than I have in years." — JoAnn Wilkins, cardiac patient
As the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Collin County, Medical City Plano is committed to reducing the numbers and severity of senior falls in our community. With the opening of our Center for Living Well, a 2,600-square-foot facility housing the fall prevention program, we continue to expand our offering of classes geared toward helping seniors improve their strength and balance.
For more information, call the Center for Living Well at:
Fall Prevention Classes
Sun Style Tai Chi
Tai Chi is a low-impact, slow-motion, mind-body exercise that combines breathing and controlled movements to strengthen muscles, loosen joints and help prevent falls. Gentle enough for everyone and no prior experience is necessary. 45-minute beginning, intermediate and advanced classes are held weekly. This program is recommended for fall prevention by the CDC and the American College of Sports Medicine.
A Matter of Balance
Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. This structured, group intervention program consists of eight two-hour classes and includes group discussion, problem solving, skill building, assertiveness training, videotapes, sharing practical solutions and exercise training.
This program is good for seniors who:
- Are concerned about falls
- Have fallen in the past
- Restrict activities because of concerns about falling
- Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength
- Are ambulatory and able to solve problems
Chair Exercise Class to Strengthen and Stretch
Come join this FUN, 45-minute class that is safe and gentle enough for everyone. Exercise is your way to better balance, straighter posture and a stronger body. The program consists of chair and standing exercises with modifications for all abilities and levels.
Stability Ball Exercise Class
This 45-minute exercise class uses a variety of equipment to stretch and strengthen muscles. Depending on your comfort level and balance, you will use a stability ball (with or without a base) or a chair. Exercise bands may be used for added resistance.
Training with a stability ball can:
- Exercise all major muscle groups
- Muscle strength and tone
- Improve or restore flexibility
- Enhance spinal stability
- Increase core strength