KEEPING IT IN BALANCE

 

You probably don’t need to read more dismal statistics about aging, hip fractures, and the risk of falling. How about a quick glance at this research instead?

Elderly participants doing Tai Chi exercises for 3 months had two-thirds fewer falls.
–Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Data from studies showed lower fall rates in lower-body strength exercise intervention groups.
–Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy

Fear of falling is a modifiable threat to autonomy in older individuals.
–International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

You can reduce your risk of falling and improve balance with activities that provide balance practice, build strength, and increase confidence. Here’s the classic list of practical recommendations: