By Sue Scott

''ABLE our bodies stability education bargains an activity-based software to enhance stability and mobility for either healthy and frail older adults. This sensible instructor's advisor offers greater than a hundred thirty stability and mobility workouts that reflect on flexibility power, and cardiorespiratory patience. those routines improve older adults' skills to keep up stability in finishing their daily tasks.''--BOOK JACKET.

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Zoom in on and experiment with ways to modify or progress activities. Watch their body language and listen to their comments. You’ll soon get better and better at matching activities for your group. Class Size Class size also will influence balance selections. Pick activities that will be safe and appropriate for your class size. Balance and mobility training in larger classes may need to be limited to seated activities. It is always better to be safe than sorry. For my largest assisted living group I principally select activities from chapters 4 through 6 (Flexibility, Posture and Core Stability, and Strength for a Purpose) and focus on seated sensory activities.

We don’t want participants bored or scared. To be maximally effective, the activity you select must be doable but challenging enough to keep participants interested, involved, and educated so they will want to do their best. It’s a fine line; but getting their best effort on a regular basis gives you the best chance of making a real difference in their lives. Matching activities with participant’s ability will always require your full attention. Both parties (you and they) must consider the challenge to be safe and possible.

Be your own video camera and mentally record what you see, hear, and learn (or use a real video camera). Make written notes too. What you see is what you will get. If participants move in frail ways, you can assume they are frail, so you’ll be starting with easy, seated activities. If participants appear more robust and are comfortable on their feet, you may be able to structure more of the class for standing participants. If you are unsure where to start, assume frail and build from there. Here are some observations that will help your zero in on their abilities.

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