Treasure Your Health: Exercise for Balance, Bones, and Bladder Control


At Kaiser Permanente, we know that routine physical activity is good for every body at any age. However, exercise is especially beneficial for older adults because it may help with the 3 B’s – Balance, Bones, and Bladder Control (E = the 3 B’s):

  • Better Balance: Stay fall-free and maintain your good balance by being active.
  • Strong Bones: Exercise makes bones and muscles stronger and helps prevent bone loss.
  • Bladder Control: In many cases, a leaky bladder can be controlled with targeted pelvic floor exercises and changes to daily activities.

The goal for physical activity is to get 150 minutes per week for a healthy body and mind. Anything that gets your heart rate up or makes you breathe faster counts as exercise.  The key is to do at least 10 minutes at a time to help strengthen your heart, lungs, bones and muscles.

Research has proven that when you are active on a regular basis, the benefits abound. Exercise can help you feel stronger, sleep better, have less stress, and more energy to do what you love.  The more active you become, the more exercise will become part of your daily routine.

We have scheduled 10 Senior Social Hours for members to learn health tips and ask questions. Michelle Babcock PT, MPT, NCS, led the first five social hours in May on fall prevention and bone health. Melissa Reinhardt, PT, MSPT will lead an additional five social hours in June on bladder control. Below are the times and locations:

Thriving After 60 Social Hours: Bladder Control

  • Towson Medical Center, June 18, 10:30 a.m.
  • Falls Church Medical Center, June 21, 11:30 a.m.
  • Reston Medical Center, June 24, 12:30 p.m.
  • Largo Medical Center, June 25, 11:30 a.m.
  • Gaithersburg Medical Center, June 27, 3:00 p.m.

Interested in attending? Register at or contact Karen in the Thriving After 60 office at 301-332-6346.

Treasure your health. We want everyone to be active, independent, and thrive.

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