Once the acute phase of dizziness has passed, it is very important to keep up with normal activities and to fight the impulse to avoid doing anything that might provoke or worsen dizziness. Activities that stimulate the balance system, such as tai chi, are particularly recommended by specialists. Vestibular rehabilitation exercises can also help many balance and dizziness problems. Beyond activities geared for an individual, there are many opportunities to improve one's balance and general well-being with others in a group. Examples include classes offered at community centres, fitness clubs, and physiotherapy clinics - investigate offerings in your community.
With its integrative approach that strengthens the body while focusing the mind, tai chi addresses a range of physical and mental health issues—including bone strength, joint stability, cardiovascular health, immunity, and emotional well-being. Tai chi is especially useful for improving balance and preventing falls — a major concern for older adults.
Weekly Tai Chi for Balance classes are offered at the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing on West 7th in Vancouver. Phone Muriel Kauffmann at 604-731-2770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Contact your community centre or library for information about other tai chi and balance classes near you.
Osteofit is BC Women’s Hospital certified exercise, education and falls prevention program for men and women with osteoporosis, low bone density or who are at risk of fractures and falls because of balance issues. Osteofit aims to provide safe and gentle exercises for individuals with minimal previous exercise experience.
Osteofit classes are offered in many local community recreation facilities and seniors' centres throughout BC. Find a class.
General Balance Classes
Offered by physiotherapists and/or specialized trainers, these classes have an emphasis on improving balance.
Contact your community centre or library for information about classes near you.
SteadyFeet® is a partnership program between Vancouver Coastal Health, Community and Seniors Centres, and older adults who want to take an active role in their health and prevent falls. Recommended by doctors and physiotherapists, the SteadyFeet® balance and mobility program for older adults will help increase confidence, improve functional mobility, increase lower body strength, improve balance and reduce the risk of falls. Find a class.
This renowned evidence-based exercise program is delivered in Vancouver by specially trained Kinesiology students with advanced skills to work with aging and clinical populations. Designed for individuals age 65+, the program targets mobility and injury/disease prevention. Exercises focus on reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors and improving joint mobility and stability through strength, endurance, balance, coordination, agility and flexibility training. Find a class.