Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury among seniors? As we age, our muscles grow weaker and the risk of falling increases. The good news is that falls can be prevented with exercise.
Exercise is the most highly researched fall prevention intervention. Interventions are offered by physiotherapists, who screen patients for risk factors and construct individualized intervention.
The risk of falling mostly comes from impaired muscle strength and poor posture. Exercising regularly helps to improve balance, coordination, flexibility, and strength, all of which contribute to reducing the risk of falls. Resistance and strength training are both very effective in fall prevention intervention.
Exercising also decreases the fear of falling that many seniors experience. It builds confidence within the individual and decreases their dependence.
Falls can also be prevented by having regular vision checks, wearing good-fitting shoes, having good posture and standing up slowly.