Senior Balance Exercises For Safe Tasking

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via www.exerciseforbalance.com

   As we age, there are changes in the way we move, walk and complete everyday tasks which can be made safe by practicing senior balance exercises to help enhance stability with all movement activities. Please see more information at  http://www.exerciseforbalance.com/buy-now When we are younger, we often don’t realize that movements are a combination of multiple tasks that our brain and bodies have to work together on to complete in a safe manner. Movement patterns can involve balance, stability, mobility, fine motor skills, static and dynamic components and so much more. In our younger years we are able to process and complete complex movement patterns simultaneously and without any difficulty. As we age, we can have a breakdown of the ability to perform tasks. The inability to perform certain tasks like cooking, cleaning, dressing, grooming, knitting, doing laundry and even walking can be a sign of underlying cognitive impairment. Older individuals  may see increased task breakdown or increased cues needed for sequencing during activities of daily living.  If you or someone you know have  needs for increased cues (verbal, visual or auditory) to complete a task, that may be a sign that there’s a cognitive impairment present. If the person is a loved one that you’re familiar with, they may be experiencing a decline or experiencing a new onset of a cognitive impairment. Increased task breakdown means that perhaps this individual was previously able to independently perform the task after receiving three steps of directions, and now you’re having to say “step one, step two, step three” — they’re needing more of a task breakdown to complete the intervention. When older adults experience cognitive impairments that are exhibited in task breakdown, they most often have changes in their gait pattern, which could lead to a fall and an injury from a fall. As an example, those in the aging population who have cognitive changes, may have a slower walking pattern and greater instability. As a result, older individuals are encouraged to practice senior balance exercises to improve steadiness and minimize the risk of falling.

Senior Balance Exercises For Older Adults

     One essential way to be better at completing tasks and to stay active and healthy in later years is to perform senior balance exercises as part of a daily fitness routine to develop strong stability skills and to avoid falling. To help maintain good steadiness with activities of daily living as well as walking activities, you can rehearse an equilibrium routine called tandem walking. The basics of tandem walking involves walking along a line heel to toe. Tandem walking challenges the balance reactions at your feet and ankles and helps you to establish excellent balance abilities which are needed on more advanced terrain like grass or walking paths. You can break down equilibrium routines into individuals steps to help you complete each task and then string those tasks together to perform more complex movement patterns. Furthermore, you can learn how to do tandem walking and other senior balance exercises by following the direction of a qualified Physical Therapist in the Exercise For Balance DVD.

Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD

Learn balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD

Learn balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD

    To help you with your every day tasks,  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

Be safe and start balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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