​Exercising Can Help with Fall Prevention in the Elderly

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Posted: 11/20/2020 3:40 PM by Interim HealthCare
Do you want to help your elderly loved one prevent falls? If so, it is important to learn more about how exercising can help them. Research shows there are many benefits when it comes to exercising and fall prevention for the elderly. Keep reading here to learn about these benefits and get some information on how you can help. 

Strengthening Muscles

One of the many ways that exercising can help your elderly loved one prevent falls is by strengthening muscles. When someone is stronger because their muscles are working better, they are able to move around better. In addition, stronger muscles means that your elderly loved one has better balance. This helps them to stay on their feet. You and elderly care providers can help your elderly loved one by encouraging them to add strength-training activities to their routine. Building muscles will help increase their reaction time, improve their coordination, and ultimately help lower their risk of falling. 

Reducing Tension in the Body

Exercising can also help your elderly loved one prevent falls by reducing tension in the body. If your elderly loved one is tense, they are more stiff. This means their tendons, ligaments, and joints are not able to move around as well. When this happens, your elderly loved one is more likely to fall. However, if you can encourage them to do exercises that will reduce the tension in their body, this can reduce their risk of falling. 

Developing Habits

Another way that exercising can help with fall prevention in the elderly is by encouraging your elderly loved one to develop better habits. Exercising regularly can make the muscles stronger. It can help your elderly loved one to reduce the tension in their body and get better balance, as well. In addition to all of this, by developing better habits, your elderly loved one can feel more confident in themselves. This confidence can make your elderly loved one feel like they can move around whenever and wherever they want to. By doing this, your elderly loved one will ultimately not be thinking about falling, which reduces their fall risk. 

Conclusion

These are some of the ways that exercising can help with fall prevention in the elderly. Are you thinking about your elderly loved one and their fall risk? If so, you might feel better having someone keep an eye out for your elderly loved one. You can always hire elderly care providers to care for your elderly loved one. They can help to reduce your elderly loved one’s fall risk, too. 

Sources
https://health.gov/news-archive/blog/2011/04/physical-activity-and-prevention-of-falls-in-older-adults/index.html

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Cottonwood Heights, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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