Move With Balance with Music Classes Start Again


February 2 — “Preview” —  What is Move With Balance®? Come and learn about this evidence-based, award-winning program. It’s perfect for those of you who want to improve your physical balance, prevent falls, and stimulate your brain to focus better, in a safe and fun atmosphere. We have highly skilled and loving ”mentors” who will work one-on-one with you or your loved one to enhance their well-being. This program is for seniors of all ages and abilities. A new program starts in March. Family Caregivers are invited.

February 24 — “Mentor Training”

March 10–June 2, “10 Week Sessions” (except 3/24, 4/14, 5/26),10 Fridays, 9:15–10:45AM

Department of Health, Pre-Testing March 3 and Post-Testing June 9

Kaunoa Senior Center, Maui

Move With Balance® in Maryland

On November 2, 2016 the State of Maryland Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs Manager brought together the statewide network of Maryland AAAs (Area Agencies on Aging) via web-meeting to discuss pertinent policies and also to share best practices. They wanted to know more about Move With Balance®.

The Baltimore County AAA has been implementing Move With Balance® after submitting an application to utilize Older Americans Act funds (IIID) as a highest tier evidence-based program.

The webinar presenters were Karen Peterson and William Fuller of Move With Balance®, Dr. Lorrin Pang and Kristin Mills of the Maui District Health Office of the Hawaii State Department of Health, and Donna Bilz of the Baltimore County AAA.

The webinar will be available to share with all of you in a few weeks, by January 2017.

The webinar covers:
Move With Balance®: the vision, implementation, innovative activities, music, training videos, training manuals, web support;
Maui District Health Office: the evidence-based evaluation published in the Hawaii Journal of Medicine and Public Health, current evaluations, Cost/Benefit analysis;
Baltimore County AAA: overview of Move With Balance®.



Move With Balance® at AARP Caregiver Conference on Kauai’i

Move With Balance® at the AARP Hawaii Caregiver Conference
Saturday, October 29, 2016, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Marriot Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach 650 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, Kauai’i

Hundreds of people on Kauai are helping older loved ones to live independently in their own homes. Get connected to information and resources to help you care for family or plan for the future.
Featured Workshops:
Prepare to Care and Manage Complex Change Patricia Bemis, RN
Modifying Your Home for Aging in Place Curt Kiriu, CAPS
Move With Balance® Rachelle Bachran, Public Health Educator
Legal Issues for Caregivers Michael Ratcliffe, Attorney at Law



“Gandhi Farewell” on our Portugal Trip

Here the participants at an adult day care center in Portugal are joining with us for  the “Gandhi Farewell”. It is a poem from Gandhi that we have been doing at the end of every Move With Balance® class for the past 10 + years. It involves call and response, plus other movements. In 2014 Bill Fuller, our musician, wrote original music for the poem, which, of course, makes the whole experience more beautiful. At the end of class, we all hold hands in a loving circle. (The song is available on this website, the movements are in our book on page 68.)


Our Portugal Trip

Here the participants are following the movements and responding to our original song “I Am Love” available on our website.
Everyone was so open, receptive, and loving, including the staff and participants. When you have clear movements and music, you really don’t need many words. They truly got our message of love.






Move With Balance® With Music in Portugal

We had a fantastic time in Portugal in September. We visited 3 Alzheimer’s adult day care center and happily shared Move With Balance® with Music. Here the participants are doing “ARROWS” from our book.