Aging Successfully with Better Balance

Updated: Aug 5

Maintaining balance and mobility is essential to aging successfully. In addition to making it possible to perform basic activities of daily living, such as rising from a chair, climbing a flight of stairs, getting in and out of a car, good balance forms the foundation on which a healthy and active lifestyle is built says Debra J. Rose PhD, author of 'FallProof, a comprehensive balance and mobility training program’ developed at the Center for Successful Aging California State University at Fullerton.

Impairments in any of the multiple systems that contribute to postural stability not only limits the extent and type of physical activities we pursue as we grow older but also may result in falls, leading to further restriction in activity and consequences. There is strong association between impaired balance and mobility, and greater risk of falling that suggests the need for activity-based programs that specifically and systematically focus on improving the multiple dimensions of the balance system, particularly among older adults. The FallProof program is based on sound, theoretical research. Fitness & Function has two specialists certified as FallProof Balance and Mobility Specialist Instructors and who embrace this unique multidimensional program to treat balance and mobility disorders with great success for their clients. A typical FallProof training program is a 12-week period with training twice a week. Most clients continue with a wellness maintenance personal training program to reduce the risk of losing function due to physical inactivity.

Our health and fitness professionals have a variety of specialized training in balance and mobility programs such as:

  • Stepping On Falls Prevention Workshop Leader

  • ZIBRIO balance and mobility specialist

  • OTAGO exercise

  • Advanced Vestibular Training

  • Taking Balance to the Limits

  • Stay Well At Home

  • Tai Chi Movement for Better Balance

We work close with our clients' health care providers and follow their recommendations to deliver successful therapeutic exercise sessions.


Fitness & Function

Phone 503-267-1030

Mailing address

4804 NW Bethany Blvd. Suite 12 #167

Portland, OR 97229