How Staying Active Can Prevent Falls for Seniors

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Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injury for seniors. However, many older adults don’t believe that they will fall or don’t recognize the dangers of falling. Luckily staying active is a proactive way of preventing falls and keeping you healthy. 

Falls typically involve a senior losing his or her balance. As we age our coordination and sense of balance decrease, which makes physical activity vital in fall prevention. Activity keeps senses sharp and improves endurance, reducing your risk of losing your balance and falling.

Muscle weakness can also lead to falls. A regular exercise program will keep muscles strong and active. An exercise program may sound intimidating, but exercising can be as simple as making an effort to walk more every day. Weak leg muscles in particular can lead to falls, so exercising to strengthen your legs will help prevent falls down the road.

Exercising can mean many different things to different people. Options include taking walks, tai chi, yoga, hiking, dancing, fishing, and gardening. There is no one size fits all option. The most important thing is to get your body moving. In the long run this will keep your joints and tendons flexible, improve balance and coordination, and strengthen muscles. The more you can do to get active, the more you will decrease your chance of falling.

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