As we age our risk for falling increases, something we don’t want to think or talk about. There are many different reasons why people fall, however the risk factors for falling increases as we age. From reduced muscle strength, reduced joint range of motion, still muscles, bone and/or joint problems, loss of sensation (peripheral neuropathy in the feet due to diabetes or chemo therapy), reduced vision, changes in the inner ear (vestibular), and then there are environmental hazards that can cause a fall to happen and taking certain types of medication.
The good news is, you can reduce your risk factors and prevent falls from happening in the first place. Take the 4 Stage Balance Test to determine if you are at risk for falling, you can also ask your health care provider to do it if you are concerned. This test however does not indicate what the reason is that you have problems balancing and is not conclusive. Further testing needs to be done to determine which systems of the body need to be improved or compensated for with targeted exercises.
A FallProof Balance and Mobility Specialist or Physical Therapist is able to do this and determine if immediate intervention is necessary. Our sister company Home Fitness Care as well as Fitness & Function is able to perform multidimensional balance and mobility assessments at your home, develop an exercise program and in-home private training.
We may also able to recommend a group class in balance and mobility. Not every balance and mobility program is equal and gives you the same results the following Balance and Mobility Program comparison chart can help you.
Plan to stay independent for life and obtain a balance and mobility assessment on a regular basis, at least annually or when there is a change in health/medical status.