A lifetime of wear and tear, the effects of a sedentary lifestyle(too much sitting) and other poor lifestyle choices catches up when we reach midlife and accumulate in those later years with chronic health and medical problems, causing dis-function and pain, and eventually loss of independence or early death. Pretty bleak outlook, right?
Staying healthy and free of injury is essential for older adults who desire to stay independent for as long as possible. It takes good strength, balance and mobility to protect our independence from falls and related injuries. One-third of people 65 and older falls annually, and 1 out of 5 falls causes a serious injury such as head trauma, hip or other bone fracture. More than two-thirds of deaths from falls were at home and 40% of older adults receiving chronic or long-term care are due to fall injuries.
The last thing you want to think about while going through cancer treatment and after cancer treatment is the possibility of losing balance, falling and getting injured such as a hip fracture or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
I can’t help it. When fall arrives (and it has struggled to get here this year), I can only think of one thing--fall prevention in seniors! A couple of weeks ago, I attended a workshop about exercise and osteoporosis. The speaker’s primary message was the importance of preventing falls, especially in seniors who may have osteopenia or osteoporosis.