How Exercise Helps Prevent Falls and Injuries In The Elderly
Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury to seniors? In fact, falls are suffered by about one-third of people age 65 and over and around 50% of seniors over age 80. This is why medical experts are strongly promoting fall prevention in the elderly by encouraging seniors to be more active on a regular basis to decrease their risk of falls. Sadly, too many inactive seniors aren’t aware of their risk of elderly falls until suddenly experience one. The Centre for Ageing Better found that a full 40% of people age 70 and older overlooked the need for balance and strength in elderly fall prevention. But simple activities and exercises can help seniors improve both their balance and strength, such as gardening, carrying their own shopping bags, walking, and dancing. By simply incorporating activity into their daily lives and maintaining balance and strength, the number of falls in the elderly can be significantly reduced and many lives may be saved. MD Now Urgent Care is committed to spreading the word about elderly fall prevention to help keep seniors safe. We are encouraging all seniors to stay active to reduce their risk of falls.
How Seniors Can Stand Up To Elderly Fall
Studies show that the most sedentary age group is people over the age of 65. Many just lie down or sit for up to 10 hours a day. Such inactivity can cause the body to decline in function, while also raising the risk of elderly falls. But getting a little physical activity every day can help diminish this decline in function and reduce the number of falls in the elderly.
An exciting way for the elderly to increase their activity is through travel. But traveling seniors who usually engage in little activity need to be aware that falls are the leading cause of injury to seniors, so they take the proper precautions like getting senior travel insurance.
In addition to decreasing the number of elderly falls, another major benefit of daily activity is reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, some cancers, type 2 diabetes, dementia, and depression.
At MD Now, we want seniors to enjoy long, healthy, fulfilling lives. This is why we’re actively promoting the importance of daily exercise for its role in fall prevention in the elderly. Keep in mind that you should always consult with a physician before changing your exercise routine or increasing your activity level, and of you are experiencing problems with balance or falls please seek immediate medical advice.
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