Ask About Falls And Senior Balance Exercises
Senior Balance Exercises For Preventing Falls
By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via www.exerciseforbalance.com
Concerned family members can help maintain a high quality of life for the older individuals in their lives by asking specific questions about falls and by promoting participation in senior balance exercises. Please see more information at http://www.exerciseforbalance.com/buy-now Medical researchers have found that falls among older adults are prevalent and preventable. Falls may have a significant impact on subsequent morbidity, disability, and mortality risk. Various falls-prevention interventions targeting a number of fall risk factors have been evaluated. Falls prevention approaches aim to increase older adults’ strength and balance, identify and remove hazards in their environment, increase awareness of falls and associated risk factors, correct clinical conditions that may increase fall risk, or some combination of these approaches. Since 1996, two published evidence-based clinical guidelines for prevention of falls in older adults recommended routine assessment of falls history during the past year along with brief tests of gait and balance during primary care visits to identify older adults appropriate for further assessment and management to prevent falls. The CDC recommends that an annual check-up for chronic medical conditions include a review of medications and a vision screening. The American Geriatrics Society, British Geriatrics Society, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons jointly recommend asking all older persons about falls at least once per year and endorse several falls-prevention interventions, including gait and exercise training, home visits, and medical management. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that older people’s health care providers routinely ask about recent falls; that those reporting falls be observed for balance and gait deficits and considered for interventions to improve strength and balance; and that older adults appearing to be at high risk for falls be offered an individualized, multifactorial intervention including strength and balance training, home hazard assessment and intervention, vision assessment and referral, and/or medication review and modification. Despite these professional organizations’ recommendations for routine falls risk assessment and intervention in older persons, physicians may under-detect falls risk. A survey conducted in several regions of the United States found that most older adults are not asked about falls by their primary care physician. Complexities due to the interaction and probable synergism among multiple risk factors for falling present barriers to physicians’ risk assessment. Among primary care providers, barriers to intervening to prevent falls include lack of awareness and appropriate knowledge, competing risks, availability of appropriate providers for referrals, transportation and time barriers, patient compliance, and lack of Medicare reimbursement. As a result, family members and friends can also be part of the front line of defense about asking their loved ones about any recent falls. In addition, family members can encourage older adults to practice senior balance exercises, which have been found to reduce the frequency of falling.
Senior Balance Exercises For Fall Prevention
Family members can influence their older parents, aunts and uncles and help keep them safe and on their feet by recommending that they perform senior balance exercises on a consistent time frame. Now it is easy to rehearse equilibrium routines in the comfort and convenience of your own home by joining in with the demonstration of certain senior balance exercises by a knowledgeable Physical Therapist in the Exercise For Balance DVD. You can obtain a DVD for your loved one and even join in with them in practicing the steadiness routines.
To prevent falls at home, get started on a course of the best balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The healthcare provider recommended Exercise For Balance DVD is a high quality instructional DVD to use at home or in a group setting. The easy to understand and simple to follow Exercise For Balance DVD includes a step by step series of the latest balance and strength exercises necessary to optimize senior fitness and to carry out basic daily activities like shopping, doing laundry, walking, standing, cleaning house, stair climbing or to advance to more difficult pursuits like skiing, dancing, playing golf and hiking. In the comprehensive Exercise For Balance DVD, you will learn how to improve stability, how to apply steadiness techniques and how to safely execute balance routines from a qualified balance specialist — licensed Physical Therapist—who has worked with balance and dizziness disorders for over 25 years. Get your copy of the Exercise For Balance DVD by clicking on the BUY NOW button
Stop falls by starting balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.
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