Regardless of age, we should all be striving to find balance in our lives.
Between work and play, socializing and solitude, and spending and saving.
However, as we age, “balance” tends to have a different meaning. At some point, we must focus more on the literal definition of balance, which is the ability to remain upright and steady on your feet, and preventing falls in the elderly is something that is a top concern at senior living communities.
According to reports, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in those age 65 and over, and one-third of all seniors will experience a fall during the year. These falls often happen due to muscle attrition that takes place over time. In this case, the only way to help offset this issue is through exercises aimed at combatting such problems.
Fortunately, with proper training and the strength it provides, experts believe that as many as 90 percent of these incidents are preventable.
The National Institute of Health recommends that, if possible, seniors regularly do the following exercises – while holding onto a sturdy chair if necessary – in order to improve their balance:
There are also several steps you can take – no pun intended! – to ensure that you minimize your risk for losing your balance. These include:
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