The Key To Not Falling For Seniors Is To Strengthen Their Balance. There Is No Substitute
What is Balance?
For you to maintain your balance, you should be able to keep your body’s weight and center of mass within your base of support. That is true whether your body is moving or stationary. The second (it takes less than a minute) your body weight is displaced outside your base of support, you risk “tipping the scale” and losing your balance. Where your base of support is the area beneath you that includes every point of contact that the person makes with the supporting surface.
What is Tai Chi?
Here Are Three Tai Chi Exercises You Can Do To Strengthen Your Balance:
Exercise #1: Tai Chi Standing and Sitting Alignments
Exercise #2: Tai Chi Weight Shifting
Exercise #3 The Tai Chi Walk
Additional Tools For Strength and Balance
These Falling Statistics
- Each year, millions of older people—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, more than one out of four older people falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor.
- Falling once doubles your chances of falling again.
- Falls Are Serious and Costly
- One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury,
- Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
- Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.
- Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.
- More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling, usually by falling sideways.
- Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
- In 2015, the total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion.
- Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs.
Additional Balance Exercises
The videos below are additional exercises you may or may not want to try.