Classes led by the Northwest Pedmont Falls Coalition are helping seniors stay on their feet and avoid falls that can cause serious injury, according to The Journal Reporter.
The sessions are led by Alexis Gabard, the aging-systems coordinator for the Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments.
"Muscle loss is not inevitable in older people," Gabard told the news provider. "If you don't use it, you'll lose it.
Exercise gives you strength, balance and flexibility."
Those who are interested in healthy retirement living can benefit from staying active in their golden years. Most importantly, they can reduce their risk for falls. One participant, Louise Pulley, has already suffered a fall in 1997 which broke bones in her foot, ankle and leg.
Pulley has learned from her experiences and now goes to the yoga classes regularly, trying to do everything she can to prevent future falls. She suggests that the classes make her stronger and improve her balance.
This can be an important aspect during independent living. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that one in three seniors fall each year and these incidents are the leading cause of death among elderly individuals.