Laura Vandegrift, a Move With Balance® instructor from Sedona, AZ wrote me this wonderful letter. I am including 1/2 of her letter today and 1/2 in the future.
“Hi Karen: Just a quick update on my classes and some interesting stories and pictures.
I have been teaching the Move with Balance program for 3 years. Last I started teaching at the Sedona Winds Assisted Living Center. These people are low functioning and some with memory problems. Recently a lady named Lyla and her husband arrived at the center. She comes to class almost every week and shared with the class that she can now cross her legs which she could not due prior to the classes because of her stroke. With the vision exercises, she can now move her eyes back and forth, which she could not do in the beginning. She practices a lot of the movements in her room and is slowly improving.
I also present the program at the Sedona Community Center and I have a 95 year old gentleman who comes almost every week. When he first started he was using a cane. Now he does not need it. He loves the class and recognizes how much it is helping him not only with balance, but focus and concentration.
Attached are some pictures from both facilities. Thanks for all your efforts in putting this program together. It helps so many people.”
I love it when this happens. David Kintler, from Port Saint Lucie, FL bought the Move With Balance® book in 2015. He contacted me March 18, 2018 and had this to say:
“The first time I used your book/videos was to help me recover from a stroke about 3 years ago – in 90 days I was almost as good as new. I contacted you again because I fractured my pelvis (now healed) but I am beginning to learn to walk again. Appreciate your good work.”–David Kintler
I asked him for a photo of himself, and he sent me the one you see on his 82nd birthday March 20.
Bill Fuller, the Move With Balance® musician, sent David a birthday song he wrote called “Another Journey Around the Sun”. David said it made his day. You can enjoy the song, too, with the link below. http://www.musicinthekeyoflove.com Scroll near the bottom and click.
Bill’s songs are aslo available on http://www.movewithbalance.org/store Scroll down to the Music.
Please send me your success stories.
On March 6, 2018 NCOA (National Council on Aging) put out their newsletter on fall prevention. Cynthia Rockey from East Tennessee, a great supporter of Move With Balance®, read through the newsletter in detail and noticed that Move With Balance® was listed under “Testimonials”!
Mentee Dorothy Wall and mentor Maggie Elliot were featured in the article. Here is the link.
Hawaii Resident Keeps Moving for Falls Prevention
We are honored that NCOA chose Move With Balance® as one of the features in “Testimonials”. We are happy that Cynthia Rockey noticed it so that I could send out this newsletter to all of you.
Please send us your photos of Move With Balance so that I can share them in the newsletter and on our website.
We gave two free demonstrations of Move with Balance® with Music at the Neuromedicenter in Quito, Ecuador. We worked with Alzheimer’s patients at a day care center. They were totally accepting of us. The couple who runs the day care center are very dedicated. They have a diagnostic room, a small “gym”, a sensory/motor room, and a gardening area for the clients.
The people here love the program because they said we exude Love. They said they worked on the body and brain, but not the heart, and they loved the way we did the program. We work on the heart and they saw it.
Thank you, Lissette and Alberto, and all the Alzheimer’s patients.
Karen and Bill, August 1 and 3, 2017, Quito, Ecuador
I was so happy to hear from Kats who was a mentor on Maui probably 10 years ago.
I was so moved and proud to hear of your expansion to Arkansas!
I always believed in your program and was happy to be a mentor and facilitator at Roselani and Pukalani, Wailuku, and Kihei lunch programs.
Being a public health nure and pediatric nurse practitioner, I wholly support your efforts.
Thank you for keeping me informed.
Hello Karen! It was great talking with you last week. I’ve really enjoyed growing the MWB program here in Conway at out senior center! It started out with about 5 people and we now been averaging 20 or more at each class.
Our classes are fun-filled and vibrant! I enjoy the challenge to keep it interesting and retain participants. In the beginning, I composed a letter to several physicians, physical therapists and rehab facilities regarding the benefits of the MWB program. In that letter, I mentioned the visual exercises, balance and cognitive components of the class and how this has been proven to improve ones balance as well as their confidence which in turn gives them a chance to keep their independence longer. I have received numerous referrals from these physicians and physical therapists and have created a good report with all of them.
I have had several testimonials from the participants of this class. One lady said she used to have to use a magnifying glass to read her Bible every day but since doing the MWB class, she can read without it! Her opthomogist was amazed and told her to continue doing what she was doing. That was the best news! I get so excited when I hear these stories. I’ve seen people able to graduate from a walker to a cane, from a cane to walking without aid of any kind! This makes the class worthwhile and it’s amazing to see the participants improve!
Here are a few quotes from my participants.
“I really enjoy the class as well as improving my balance. Great class!”
“Love the class! Really helps my balance.”
“My son is a physical therapist and says he can see the improvement in the way I get around and move.”
These are just a few examples of the success the MWB program has been at our facility.
If anyone is considering introducing this class to their facility I have a small bit of advice for them. MAKE IT FUN!!! We laugh and talk during the class and everyone feels as if they belong to a “family”. It’s important for them to feel needed and to be a part of the class no matter what their background, physical or mental ability. This class is for any fitness level! Don’t get caught up in the logistics and expect everything to go perfectly each class time. MAKE IT FUN!!! That’s the bottom line!
Thank you for introducing and training me in this program. I totally believe in the MWB program! It’s changing lives for the better! Who wouldn’t want that?
Thank you again for creating this program!
Health & Wellness Coordinator
Conway Senior Center