RESTORATIVE WELLNESS PROGRAMS FOR CANCER SURVIVORS
& Fall Prevention
Programs for Senior Adults 60 years and older
Movement Programs, Expressive Arts Programs and Community Outreach- Health Education Seminars
The Restorative Strength
& Movement Program is a restorative movement program for cancer survivors who have completed or are nearing completion
of cancer treatment. The progressive wellness programs will provide a friendly, atmosphere for cancer survivors to increase
levels of energy, regain functional strength, flexibility, stamina and endurance. Programs will include physical assessments;
address balance, coordination and range of motion issues, Circuit Training, (moving from station to station) using light weights,
stretch straps, and weighted core balls.
Yoga/Pilates – Combines two restorative wellness disciplines, yoga posture, Pilates core strengthens improves
coordinator, and stability and balance (Many cancer survivors, tend lose the ability to maintain proper balance) Promotes,
improves strength, flexibility, while the mind and body becomes relaxed, creating a mind and body integration and awareness.
Yoga Therapy-laughter can be helpful in ways you might not have realized or imagined for cancer survivors. Cancer patients
may be in emotional turmoil and become depressed, making it difficult for them to achieve laughter through intellectual stimuli
like humorous videos. Laughter yoga approaches laughter as a body exercise that can easily be done regardless of mood.
Hearty laughter causes the brain to release chemicals that reduce stress within minutes. It is typical to measure a 70% reduction
in stress indicators after just 10 minutes of laughter.
Tai Chi - combines movement and meditation, Improves
the mind, body, and spirit with this breathing movement class that improves strength and flexibility and can be practiced
by individuals of any age or fitness level. Regular practice of Qi Gong can reduce stress, increase stamina and balance, improve
sleep, and instill a sense of harmony
-Healing touch therapy is a gentle energy-based therapy that emphasizes heart-centered care and compassionate healing intention.
The self touch technique promotes gentle Diaphramatic breathing, helps to restore harmony, energy, and balance to the mind,
body and spirit. By performing healing touch therapy, the body’s energy levels become smooth and balanced. Many times,
those receiving this therapy fall into a deep state of calm and relaxation and often fall asleep before the end of the session.
Keep Your Balance Fall Prevention Programs in Merced County -
A “Free” weekly evidenced based Fall Prevention Program for senior
adults 60 years and older.
The “Keep Your Balance” program for
older adults, has served over 1900 seniors throughout Merced County since the program started February 2012. The current
class sites in Merced (2), Atwater (1), Winton (1) and Los Banos (1) Gustine and Livingston California. Due to requests to
add additional classes from older adults throughout the county; the program is seeking to expand class sites in neighboring
towns. As the success of the program grows, and funding becomes available, there will be more movement classes including
a walking program. In addition to the free classes, there will be seminars addressing:physical activity, medication management,
vision screening, hearing screening and Home Safety.
"Keep your Balance" focuses on three components
in a comprehensive program: physical activity, including balance and mobility training; medication management; and environmental
modification suggestions in the home.
The Merced County Human Services Agency Area Agency on Aging and Regenerations
Wellness Cancer Foundation will collaborate with senior service providers to find out where the gaps are and launch a series
of fall prevention radio public service announcements aimed at older adults to give them practical hints about preventing
falls, such as:
• Securing or removing throw rugs
• Using and installing
• Increasing lighting in the home and using nightlights
hearing and vision checked
• Asking your doctor to make sure your medications are not causing
you to be at risk for falling
• Engaging in adaptive strength and balance exercise classes (seated
"Keep Your Balance" Fall Prevention Class
Sites: Merced (2), Winton, Atwater and Los Banos,
Livingston and Gustine
words, art, music or movement to express the cancer experience and journey back to wholeness to recover -including Affirmations,
Story Telling, Sharing a photo, poem, project or playing an instrument."
• Art Therapy
is a program intended to integrate physical, emotional, and spiritual care by facilitating creative ways for patients to respond
to their cancer experience.
Each class has a different
projects that may include sculpting, drawing, painting, scrap booking, quilting or sharing a project, storytelling etc.
• Poetry, Writing, Journaling- Sharing the cancer experience on paper, creating a poem, or keeping
a journal on day to day thoughts,
A Night of Comedy - The Healing Power of Laughter- Group
of cancer survivors sharing funny stories about life’s events. The goal of this program is to encourage laughter from
the diaphragm to induce deep laughter.
Walking Meditation- Walking in silence in a serene garden
for reflection , offer hope, renewal and restoration. Silence is mother of all meditations and a very powerful
tool which will help you to understand at the deepest level what is going on with your life. You'll gain new insights, creative
ideas and aspirations to discover life's unlimited possiblities.
program’s mission is to bring individuals together who have had similar experiences, to promote peer support and camaraderie,
offer hope, and encourage well-being throughout the cancer experience. Our team of professionals will encourage individuals
to take the journey towards wellness and wholeness, by actively participating in activities with others in their quest for
improved quality of life.
Rejuvenation & Renewal Classes
Recommended for working cancer survivors, caregivers and healthcare
providers, anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis.
has shown that moderate exercise can improve physical functioning and quality of life for cancer patients during and after
treatment. Regenerations Wellness Cancer Foundation's programs are not designed to replace cancer treatments, but to
compliment and bridge traditional and holistic mind and body intergration modialities, to enhance and complete a cancer
survivor back to wholeness, restoration and renewal. Each program is lead by a Certified Instructor and is based on
what is safe, effective and enjoyable to each individual's comfort level on the path to recovery.