Tai Chi Balance Course 2020: Why This Tai Chi Balance Course
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This Simple Course Can Help You Change The Following:
One In Four Americans Aged 65+ Falls Each Year
Every 11 Seconds, An Older Adult Is In The Emergency Room For A Fall
Every 19 Minutes, An Older Adult Dies From A Fall
Balance Is Vitally Important to Seniors
And Yet Most Do Nothing About It
It Is Easier Than You Think
Why Is This Course So Important?
Every year, one in four seniors ages 65 and over experience a fall. Twenty to thirty percent of these falls result in serious injuries, such as lacerations, fractures, and traumatic brain injuries. Even worse, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death in senior citizens.
The good news is you can prevent many of these falls through physical activity, including strength training, cardiovascular exercise, and especially balance training. Although declining balance in seniors is partially based in unavoidable biological changes, behavioral factors and environmental factors are just as important, and this is where balance training exercises and mindfulness of balance issues come in to make a big difference.
The decline of balance in seniors is a downward spiral. The first fall or just the decline of stability can lead to a fear of falling. We begin to limit our activities due to this new fear. Decreased physical activity then leads to decreased fitness levels in the areas of strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance, compounding the battle against time and gravity.
Thus, you can increase the risk of falling when we begin to limit our activity level due to our fear of falling. Don’t fall prey to the downward spiral of declining balance ability; staying active to maintain your physical fitness is the best way to prevent falls.
More Reasons Why?
Older adults worried about falling receive general advice: Take an exercise class. Get your vision checked. Stop taking medications for sleep. Install grab bars in the bathroom.
A new study suggests that sort of advice hasn’t proved to be effective: Nearly three times more adults age 75 and older died from falls in 2016 than in 2000, according to a recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
In 2016, 25,189 people in this age group died from falls, compared with 8,613 in 2000. The rate of fatal falls for adults 75 and older more than doubled during this period, from 51.6 per 100,000 people in 2000 to 122.2 per 100,000 people in 2016, the report found.
What’s needed to check this alarming trend, experts suggest, is a more personalized approach to preventing falls, more involvement by medical practitioners and better ways to motivate older adults to take action.
When I read these statistics below about people over 65 years of age, I felt disturbed and sadden. I wanted to change it. I wanted to do whatever I can to reduce these horrible consequences as much as possible. There is no valid reason we cannot change this for seniors. And Yes I am one of those over 65.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC):
One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year.
Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.
In 2015, the total cost of fall injuries was $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs.
You can expect the financial toll for older adult falls to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020
These statistics will get worse. Considering that we will live longer it will be worse.