Fall Prevention Exercise Programs can Dramatically Reduce the Risk of Falling
Help prevent falls and ease your mind with these tips
If you have senior loved ones, chances are you’ve either experienced them having a bad fall, or have imagined it happening multiple times in your head. Aging is just a part of life—one most have to deal with more than once throughout their lives, whether it’s watching a loved one get older or experiencing it themselves. But the good news is that prevention practices and tips can keep you and you and your loved one safe and at ease.
There are many ways to ensure that your loved ones are able to age comfortably at home, from taking advantage of medical alert devices to medication dispensers and in-home care; you can streamline care and protection. One thing you can incorporate into your daily regimen is fall prevention exercises!
Why are falls so dangerous?
When you fall, your muscle mass can act as cushion, taking away some of the impact and protecting your body from injury. Falls can be dangerous at any age, but as you age and begin to lose muscle mass, falls become more of a risk and it becomes more important to try and avoid them in the first place.
You not only need to worry about the fall itself, but also the consequent decrease in activity after the injury, which can cause losses in muscle mass and range of motion. When you’re young, your body can recover quickly and decreased activity is often only a minor setback, but for seniors, it can mean long-term immobility and increased risk of death. On top of the physical effects, it can also cause a loss of independence, which is a hard thing for any human to accept.
What can you do to prevent falls?
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends participating in fall prevention programs. These programs are designing to improve balance, agility, strength and coordination with the goal of enabling adults to move more quickly when they start losing balance. Good senses of balance, agility, and coordination allow you to reduce the speed of the fall and react more quickly to changing surfaces.
How do you get started in fall prevention programs?
Depending on the current mobility of the senior in question, you can enroll them in a program that will help improve their current balance, agility, strength and coordination, or they can start doing exercises at home with some help!
Check out these popular and valuable exercises:
• Hip flexion and abduction (improve strength and balance)
• Single leg stance variations (improve balance)
• Front and side leg swings (improve agility and coordination)
What else can you do?
On top of fall prevention programs and exercises, you can make changes at home to reduce the risk of falls:
• Reduce tripping hazards (remove throw rugs and clutter)
• Keep staircases well lit and use nightlights
• Install grab bars in tubs/showers and by toilets
Knowing that a loved one has fallen, or is at risk of falling, can be a terrifying thing, but there are ways for you to reduce the chances of an accident happening. Don’t let a fall get the best of someone you care about because they weren’t prepared. Check us out at Caring Solutions, LLC to learn more about what you can do to keep your loved ones as safe, comfortable, and healthy as possible!