Senior Balance Exercises To Be Safe At Home

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

  Many older adults experience a fall at home that can be avoided by following certain safe tips and home modifications as well as practicing senior balance exercises on a regular basis. Please see more information at Common falling patterns in the home can include tripping up a step or stumbling downstairs, tripping on a throw rug or items of clutter on the floor, losing balance when turning in the kitchen or bathroom or falling forwards when bending over to put on sock or tie shoes. Any of these patterns of losing balance and falling can lead to significant injuries like a wrist or upper arm fracture, hip fracture or head injury. These injuries can have a devastating effect on older individuals including a loss of independent living, decrease in mobility, decrease in stability and a set up for another fall. Many aging individuals, still want to live at home for as long as possible and enjoy the highest quality of life available. With that in mind, medical professionals can recommend a few safety tips and home modifications to help older folks keep their steadiness and limit the potential of a fall. Home modifications or adaptations are essential for seniors as they age, especially if they elect (like most do) to remain in their homes.  Aging in place implies remaining at home for as long as is practical, but a home’s limitations many times can dictate whether that is even plausible or not.  The most important consideration in this scenario, of course, is safety.  At the end of the day, if an individual’s safety is compromised by staying at home, some intervention will likely alter that course.  The hope is that an intervention does not mean a fall or injury which can be catastrophic for an elderly individual. One simple safety modification is to add grab bars in the bathroom shower or tub. Another safety consideration is to make sure that the handrails on the stairs is sturdy and reinforced if need be. Older adults can be vigilant to keep items of clutter like books, shoes, magazines and whatnot off the floor where they can be a source of tripping and falling. Furthermore, aging individuals can perform senior balance exercises on a daily basis to build stability skills and reduce the risk of falling.

Senior Balance Exercises And Safety Tips

   Performing senior balance exercises is one key component to preventing falls and staying safe at home. As an example, rehearsing equilibrium exercises and balance techniques can enhance your stability for going up and down stairs safely.  Another great tip for staying safe on the stairs is to have handrails on both sides of the stairs, and make sure they are tightly secured. At all times, hold the handrails when you use the stairs, whether you are going up or down. If you must carry something while you’re on the stairs, hold it in one hand and use the handrail with the other. Be sure to not let what you’re carrying block your view of the steps. Furthermore, you can practice standing on one foot for twenty seconds, three times on each foot, to establish necessary steadiness. You can learn about safety techniques for the home as well as senior balance exercises to perform by following the direction of a knowledgeable Physical Therapist in the Exercise For Balance DVD.

Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD

Follow along with the instruction of a knowledgeable Physical Therapist in the Exercise For Balance DVD.

    To be safe 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

Be safe at home by starting balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

For more information see