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It's not just fall prevention, it's ALL Prevention!

Geri-Fit, the first strength training exercise program that increases strength, makes bones stronger, improves balance, and enhances flexibility

Geri-Fit® is a tier III (highest level) evidence-based health promotion program for older adults that helps to rebuild strength that's been lost through the aging process.  Any older adult, regardless of their age or fitness level, can participate.

The Geri-Fit® program requires a set of light dumbbell weights, a sturdy chair, a stretch band, and water to drink during the workout. There's no dancing, choreography or floorwork and both men and women can enroll. Geri-Fit is challenging, effective and very safe to do. Participants will literally turn back the hands of time each time they do the workout and they will marvel at the results this program has to offer.

The workout is considered a "progressive resistance exercise program" meaning that once the participants have built up enough strength and endurance using a set of 2 or 3-pound dumbbells, they can graduate to using heavier dumbbells weights in order to become even stronger. In essence, Geri-Fit is bodybuilding for seniors! A typical Geri-Fitter will work up to using a set of 4 or 5-pound dumbbells within a year's time.  The Geri-Fit exercise program also incorporates stretching and range of motion exercises, stability and balance training for fall prevention, cardiovascular activity for heart health, and gait exercises to help improve walking.  Here's a brief video from youtube that shows an advanced version of Geri-Fit.

In addition to the wonderful strength gains that are accomplished with the program, older adults will also see an improvement in balance and functional capacity which will help lessen their chance of falls. They'll also see an improvement in activities of daily living such as carrying groceries, being able to get in and out of a car, standing up from a seated position, picking up a pet, walking up and down stairs, and just being able to walk freely again. 

Geri-Fit is an ideal ongoing evidence-based self-management support program for chronic disease management, i.e., diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, behavioral health, obesity/weight loss/weight management, as well as chronic pain management.  Geri-Fit also provides continued benefits as a regular, ongoing balance and fall prevention exercise program for graduates of the A Matter of Balance fall prevention course.  Geri-Fit is especially beneficial for those that are over the age of 75, however, any senior age and fitness level can participate.  We suggest to everyone to just work out at your own pace and do what you can!

In another recently-published study appearing in the February 2017 issue of Clinical Interventions in Aging, it was reported that older adults age 65+ that participated in the Geri-Fit top tier evidence-based health promotion program showed an 80.8% improvement in balance over a 90-day period. To the left is a graph showing the decrease in postural sway, a strong fall risk indicator. The higher the number, the higher the fall risk. Geri-Fit substantially reduced the fall risk.

The Geri-Fit® evidence-based health promotion / disease prevention program is recognized by the Administration on Aging (AoA) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Geri-Fit is listed on the National Council of Aging's (NCOA) suggested physical activity page as well as the Title IIID Cost Chart. Federal funding under Title IIID OAA (Older Americans Act) is available to facilities, organizations, and Area Agencies on Aging that want to implement tier III evidence-based health promotion programs, chronic disease support programs, and lifestyle change programs for their communities.  Here is a list of all the top tier EBPs that Title IIID OAA federal funding covers.  The Geri-Fit program can be found on pages 8 & 9.

For more information on how to get Geri-Fit® offered at your senior center, YMCA, JCC, retirement community, gym/health club, physical therapy clinic, or yoga studio, call us toll-free at 1-888-GERI-FIT, or click the Contact Us link that can be found on the upper right hand corner from any page on our website, or you can fill out this form if you're interested in offering classes and a Geri-Fit representative will be in touch with you as quickly as possible.

1-888-GERI-FIT (1-888-437-4348)