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One of the great hazards of aging is the danger of falling, even when traversing the familiar territory around the home.  Health care professionals know that muscle strengthening, balance exercises, proper movement and stretch techniques can greatly reduce the possibility of falls and lead to a happier, healthier aging process.

VNA Northwest offers several programs to assist with better balance. The following is a list of programs currently being offered.


Fall Risk Assessment Clinic

During this program a therapist will describe various risk facrtors that can lead to a fall and will explain and demonstrate some safety measures and tools that individuals can use to protect themselves from accident or injury. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity for participants to receive personal reviews of their medications and blood pressure checks by a nurse, as well as the opportunity for individual fall risk assessments by a therapist.

Bend and Stretch

This is a six week program (1 hour per week) that provides gentle exercises designed to assist with better balance. Most of the exercised are done sitting or standing near a chair. The program begins with a personal evaluation by a physical therapist.  The baseline data acquired in that assessment is then used to demonstrate the progress of the individual when the program ends.  Participants find this a motivation to continue preventive exercises at home using the take home materials distributed during the program..


Tai Chi for Better Balance

These classes are designed based on the Tai Chi principle and will include warm-ups, Tai Chi movements and discussion. Based on ancient Chinese Tai Chi uses gentle flowing motions to streghten the body, relax the mind and reduce the risk of falls. Classes are held for 12 weeks(two one hour sessions per week) for a total of 24 classes.


Consult our calendar for specific locations and times of programs, or contact us at 860-567-6000 for more information.


What our Bend and Stretch participants are saying...
"Bend and Stretch is fantastic! The instructor and the music make it very enjoyable. We seniors have a very good time." - Bethlehem
I’ve participated in several sessions of this program and have seen improvement in my balance.– North Canaan



Frequently Asked Questions:

Is there a charge? 
There is no charge or only a nominal fee for the program. In most cases, it is sponsored by local towns, organizations or grants. Currently VNA Northwest is collaborating with The Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention to offer programs at no charge throughout Litchfield County..  

Do I need any special clothing or equipment?
No.  Participants are asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing.



Areas we serve:
Bantam, Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cornwall, Colebrook, Falls Village, Goshen, Harwinton, Kent, Lakeville, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford,
New Milford, New Preston, Norfolk, Northfield, North Canaan, Plymouth, Roxbury, Salisbury, Sharon, Terryville, Thomaston, Torrington,
Warren, Watertown, Washington, Washington Depot, West Cornwall, Winchester, Winsted, Woodbury