It is important for older adults to take precautions to prevent falls as the resulting injuries tend to be more serious such as a broken hip or head trauma. However doctors also point out that being sedentary is bad for our health regardless of how old we are and it is important to keep moving.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) reports that one out of every four Americans aged 65 and older falls every year but say there are things that seniors can do to help prevent a fall. The trick is to find a way to safely move about while taking into account any balance issues you may experience.
As many adults are less active as they get older, it can exacerbate the physical effects of aging. Experts say, “Failure to engage in even mild exercise on a regular basis results in reduced muscle strength, decreased bone mass, loss of balance and coordination, and reduced flexibility.” Other issues that can lead to falls include poor eyesight and taking medications with side-effects such as drowsiness, dizziness and low blood pressure. Chronic health conditions including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and arthritis as well as problems with numbness in the feet can also increase the risk of falls.
The good news is there are a variety of easy-to-do exercises that can help seniors improve their balance. Even if you rely on a cane or other assistive devices, balance exercises can improve your mobility. While many independent and assisted living communities such as MorningStar at Golden Ridge offer a variety of exercise options, there are also some that can be done throughout the day right at home. One example is to try standing on one foot while close to the kitchen counter. If you need, keep your hand on the counter for support and as you feel more confident try taking your hand off. Another thing you can do is to try and get up from a chair without using your arms.
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