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Five minutes to better balance

As people grow older they are at a greater risk of falling. A fall can have an enormous impact on a person’s quality of life including loss of confidence, loss of muscle strength, a decline in the ability to carry out normal activities of daily living with a greater reliance on aged care services. We have developed a simple exercise challenge you can complete in 5 minutes to help your balance and reduce your risk of falls – take a look!

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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 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. Read on for tips on improving balance, as well as some useful balance exercises, so you can move better. live better.