“This imaginative and easy-to-follow approach to improving one’s balance and preventing falls can be of much value to you, your family, and to any older person.”
R. Franklin Williams, M.D., Former Director of The National Institute on Aging
“Betty Perkins-Carpenter has come up with a great little book, filled with balancing exercises specifically geared to seniors. This book is different; it won’t overwhelm you.”
Nan Kathryn Fuchs, Ph.D., Editor, Women’s Health Letter
“Each morning I stretch in bed and do each exercise 14 times. I find that my equilibrium is so improved, it’s remarkable. When I used to get up in the night, I had to touch doors and furniture to be sure I did not fall. After stretching, I’m OK.”
Betty Davis, former U.S. Army Nurse, WW II
“I think your book How to Prevent Falls is marvelous. I do not think that there is any other book on the market today that even comes close. I am shouting the praise of your book to everyone. The techniques in your book cannot fail but to improve anyone’s fitness if given an honest try. I am truly happy I ran across your book. It is a treasure.”
Mr. Pat Flowers, volunteer at Detroit, MI senior center.
“The book is an informative and immensely practical guide for seniors to achieve better balance through fitness. Realistic goals of exercise are repeatedly stressed throughout the text. There is no claim here of developing senior Olympians, but rather an exercise program designed to avoid falls as well as an emphasis on the strong, positive social consequences of self-confidence induced by balance exercise.”
William J. Hall, M.D., Director of the Center for Healthy Aging, University of Rochester
“I practiced daily relaxing into my chair and bed. One day, I slipped in the shower and landed on the tile floor. I was bruised, but nothing more. I was able to get right up after I fell and go confidently about my day.”
Charlotte Johnson, student in Betty’s exercise class
“I have read and practiced Dr. Betty Perkins-Carpenter’s How to Prevent Falls to prevent catastrophic falls. Her Stretching in Bed Guide I have been doing for the past five years, and her book should be a manual for all of us as we walk the tight rope of aging. Let’s face it, as we enter the Golden Years, sometimes everything that moves hurts, and what doesn’t hurt won’t move! Practicing her guidelines lessens our chances of being in the army of over 300,000 who fall to Mother Earth annually.”
Sammy Lee, M.D., Olympic gold medalist, diving (1948 & 1952), Olympic diving coach, member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
“This is so easy and fun! There’s so much I can do again without fear of falling.”
Ethel Hall, 96 years young.
“You hold in your hands the culmination of a lifetime’s work, study and experience. I have had the privilege to watch the development of the Six-Step Balance System over decades, and can enthusiastically endorse its use. The clarity of language, excellent illustrations and design recommend this excellent presentation to both the professional and non-professional reader. Baby boomers take note! Falls and their consequences are a major public health problem. A significant part of the solution lies in these pages!”
Martin W. Korn, M.D., FAAOS Emeritus
“I had a condition that made it difficult for me to lift my arms...and I had difficulty walking because of pain in my back. My doctor and other specialists could not come up with a diagnosis. Fortunately, my sister and brother-in-law came to visit and later sent me a copy of ‘Stretching in Bed’. The movements seemed easy enough, yet when I wiggled my toes, I felt a sensation in my upper back! I realized that these simple, easy movements were having an effect…I loved that I could do them in bed before trying to get up! The results have been amazing! I’m walking again. I can raise my arms high, and I have muscle strength in my legs and arms that I had lost. So, thank you so much for the work you’ve done.”
E. Addair, Phoeniz, AZ
(The late Nobel Prize winner Dr. Linus Pauling who founded the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine in Palo Alto, California said this about the first edition of How to Prevent Falls):
“There is no doubt that elderly people can decrease the chance of serious injury and death from falls by taking steps to prevent them. For several years, I have followed a regimen to help prevent falling. Now that I have read Betty Perkins-Carpenter’s book, I have also begun the exercises that she describes. I recommend this book to all. It should help significantly in reducing the probability of injury or death from falling.”