Improve your STRENGTH & BALANCE, improve your life
Balance: the ability to maintain the body's position over its base of support within stability limits, both statically and dynamically.
Every 19 minutes in the U.S., an older adult dies from a fall, according to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Every 11 seconds, meanwhile, a senior receives emergency room treatment due to a fall. All in all, a full third of Americans aged 65 and older fall every year. Given these numbers, it's hardly a surprise that falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries among seniors. However, one strategy can be particularly effective in preventing seniors from becoming statistics, balance training.
There are numerous underlying and contributing causes for fall events. Falls are a complex and multifaceted clinical problem with multiple predisposing factors. Extensive clinical research has identified risk factors and evaluated preventive interventions. Poor balance is one of the major risk factors for falls in the elderly.
We bring our evidenced-based balance program to your Community Living Center. This structured program is delivered once a week in in the community dwelling to older adults to decrease fall risk, improve safe mobility, and improve ability to safely accomplish daily functional tasks. All can participate, regardless of walking ability, medical condition, mobility or fitness level.
The best thing about these and other balance exercises? They can be done in nearly any environment at any time. While some seniors may need extra help balancing, a sturdy chair or wall to hold onto will do. With practice many seniors will progress to being able to modify these balance exercises in order to perform them with no hands or even with their eyes closed.
The class participation is fun and done in a group setting. The program has been shown to increase older adults’ functional fitness, health knowledge, and social engagement in a variety of settings. The overall goals of the program are to help older adults improve and/or maintain mobility and independence, learn and use health information focused on falls reduction and other health-related behaviors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.
Falls are the most common cause of fatal and nonfatal accidental injury for adults aged 65 years or older.
Within the population of community-dwelling older adults, between 30% and 40% fall at least once per year. It is estimated that falls resulting in a hip fracture cause a 20% to 30% mortality rate within 1 year. Among community-dwelling older adults whose falls have resulted in a hip fracture, between 25% and 75% never recover their prefracture level of function.