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How to reduce the risk of falls

30% of people over the age of 65 will fall at least once a year. These falls can lead to fractured hips, shoulders, and wrists, even an extended stay in hospital and a rehabilitation period. And in the worst cases can be life-threatening. While falls are common, they are not a normal part of ageing. If you are 40 years or older read on for 8 tips to reduce your risk of falling.

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Balance – the sixth sense

Balance is the even distribution of your body weight, enabling you to remain upright and steady. Often, we don’t appreciate our balance until it deteriorates.

Maintaining good balance helps you to move more easily and is important for many common activities such as walking, and good balance helps prevent falls and injury. Factors that can affect your balance and proprioception include our muscle strength, previous injuries, your inner ear, and eyesight, all of which deteriorate as we age while our reflexes slow increasing our likelihood of falling.

Maintaining balance is an important strategy to sustaining your independence as you age. The good news is you can improve and rehabilitate your balance and proprioception.

This week’s blog will provide you with tips on improving balance, as well as some useful balance exercises, so you can move better. live better.