Preventing Falls with ExerciseMarch 16, 2023
As people age, the risk of falls and fall-related injuries increases. In fact, one in four Americans over the age of 65 falls each year. And the consequences of falls in older adults can be dire – falls are the number one cause of fractures and are the second leading cause of unintentional injury and death worldwide. Improving and maintaining strength and balance are key to reducing the risk of falls. Exercises that target the core and stabilizing muscles are especially effective at increasing range of motion and enhancing stability, which can help combat the unsteadiness many seniors experience. The good news is that these exercises are low impact and can be adapted according to residents’ mobility and overall health. Here are some types of exercise your community may want to consider offering to help seniors avoid falls.