Senior Balance Exercises For Functional Living

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

   Medical scientists are currently looking at ways to keep older adults healthy and mobile, including participating in strengthening and senior balance exercises. Please see more information at   http://www.exerciseforbalance.com/buy-now Medical researchers have established a working definition of participation in activities of daily living for aging individuals. In fact, the World Health Organization describes individuals’ functioning at a societal level as ‘participation’. Participation is the term endorsed by the World Health Organization to describe individuals’ functioning at a societal level. Defined as ‘involvement in life situations’ , participation is one of three components of function in the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Participation restriction includes problems experienced in social interaction, employment, using transportation and community, social and civic life. Participation restriction has been identified in older adults, and the incidence of restriction is increased in individuals at risk of falling, those with a history of falls, or a fear of falling. This has implications for older adults, as participation outcomes are associated with health-related quality of life  and survival. In addition, individuals with health conditions likely to affect functioning (such as stroke and traumatic brain injury) report participation outcomes at the societal level are more important than outcomes at the anatomical/physiological level or the individual level of functioning. Furthermore, in regards to function in terms of mobility, falls are common and create a burden both on the individual and the community. Falls are often injurious and reduce functional ability, confidence, independence and autonomy. The large costs associated with older people falling will increase in the future and present a major problem for health systems and society. Evaluation of falls prevention interventions has focused on rate of falls, impairment of body function (e.g. strength, reaction time) and performance of tasks or activities. However, falls also affect the more complex aspects of functioning such as social participation, which will impact profoundly on the older individual, their caregivers and society. Medical scientists as well as healthcare providers like doctors, physician assistants and physical therapists, have learned that aging individuals who participate in senior balance exercises on a regular basis improve their stability and reduce their capacity for falling.

Senior Balance Exercises For Function

   Aging individuals who practice senior balance exercises can enhance their steadiness with movement activities and limit their possibility of a fall. Since Falls among the elderly represent a major economic and social problem, medical researchers and medical providers have been looking for ways to help older folks decrease their risk for falling.  Falls themselves and the belief that one might fall in fall-risk situations can result in restriction of mobility and activity, feelings of helplessness, loss of confidence, depression, and institutionalization. There is now good evidence that multifactorial interventions conducted by health professionals with skills in geriatric medicine can prevent falls. Multifaceted interventions have generally been consistent in showing an effect, particularly if they are targeting persons at risk and include several intervention approaches, including senior balance exercises such as single leg standing and tandem walking and lower leg strengthening exercises like calf raises and squats. You can learn these specific senior balance exercises and appropriate leg strengthening routines by following the direction of an experienced Physical Therapist in the Exercise For Balance DVD.

Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD

Learn how to perform balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD

    To participate safely in activities of daily living, get started on a course of the best balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The healthcare provider recommended  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

Walk steady by starting balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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