We are all familiar with the experience. It’s happened to us or to someone we know, and it can be frightening.
It’s falling — down the stairs, during a walk or just in your house. Statistically, as we get older, the risk of falling becomes more common. One in four Americans ages 65 and over experience a fall each year.
The damage from falling can be more than just injury. The fear of falling again can impact day-to-day activities.
But let’s not focus on the negative! You are certainly not alone if you have experienced a fall and/or have a fear of falling. It’s also encouraging to know that falling does not have to be a normal part of aging. There are many resources and programs designed to prevent falling. One of the best ways to prevent falls is through exercise.
We regularly hear about the benefits of exercise. Let’s look at how adding exercise can directly decrease the risk of falling:
At Edward Elmhurst Health & Fitness, there are several programs to help with Fall Prevention. One class is our Steadier Steps class that is starting in September.
The goal of the class is to build core strength and improve balance. Our Steadier Steps program features an assessment, tailored workouts based on the assessment, and a reassessment to track your progress.
Register or learn more.
Learn more about our Fall and Balance Clinic.
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