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Exercises Your Parent Can Do to Improve Their Balance

By Denise Roskamp

Each year approximately 30 percent of older adults suffer a fall. This accounts for millions of adults, approximately 20 to 30 percent of which will experience injuries severe enough to warrant medical attention in the emergency room or hospital, and can result in lingering decreased functionality and quality of life. As a family caregiver, helping your parent to reduce the risk that they will suffer such a fall is one of the most important things that you can do to help your parent stay safer and enjoy a better lifestyle as they age in place. This starts will helping them to improve and maintain their balance. Getting regular physical exercise designed to improve balance can support a stronger, healthier body and lower risk of suffering falls during their later years.

Some exercises that your senior can do to improve their balance during their later years include:

Stand on one leg. Simply practicing standing on one leg stimulates and strengthens the various systems that work together to keep your parent balanced. They can practice this throughout the day when doing different tasks, such as washing the dishes or folding laundry. Simply having them lift one foot and hold it for as long as they can.

Challenge their balance. Have a little fun and challenge their joints, muscles, and eye-body movement coordination by having your parent stand on something unstable, such as a couch cushion or a wobble board. Provide support and assistance if they need to help them stay balanced and work on their balance.

Take up dancing. Dance is widely considered one of the most effective forms of exercise, particularly for older adults. This type of exercise works all areas of the body, including the joints and muscles of the hips and legs, the abdominal muscles, and the back, improving strength, flexibility, and range of motion.

Starting senior care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you make for them in the course of your caregiver journey. A senior home care services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they have access to all of the care, support, and assistance that they need while still fostering a sense of independence and keeping you at the front of their care routine. Through a highly personalized set of services, this care provider can address your parent’s individual challenges, limitations, and needs in a way that is right for them. This helps them to stay safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy, and to pursue a lifestyle that is as active, engaged, and fulfilling as possible as they age in place. As a family caregiver this gives you confidence and peace of mind that your parent is getting everything that they need both when you are with them and when you are not able to be.

http://vestibular.org/BAW
https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0922-older-adult-falls.html
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/balance-problems/home/ovc-20166187

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN CONCORD, MA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS TODAY. CALL NOW (508) 545-0164.