BETHEL – “As we age, our balance tends to suffer,” said Betsey Foster, MPH, tai chi instructor, who added, “This can lead to slips, trips and falls and all of their associated injuries such as broken bones.” Foster will present a workshop on “Finding Balance Through Your Eyes, Tail and Toes” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Crescent Park School.

Foster said medical research has shown that slips, trips and falls are major causes of declining health in older people. Improving balance has impacts beyond simply walking more comfortably, she said.

Foster’s workshop will focus on the three major components of improved balance: visual focus, spine alignment and hip/spine relationship and how one steps. Simple exercises will be taught that can be practiced at one’s home to improve balance.

Foster has a master’s degree in public health and has studied tai chi chuan for 18 years.

The workshop is part of a fall series of To Your Health programs sponsored by Western Mountains Senior College, SAD 44 Adult Education and the Bethel Family Health Center. The public is invited and admission is free.

Future programs in the series will include “The Power of Laughter” by Carol Emery, MS, on Nov. 18 and “The Art of Belly Dancing” by Janet Willie, LMT, on Dec. 9. For more information, call 824-2053 or 824-8610.

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