By Anna Hazard
Last week's blog post Senior Health - How to Guide to Fall Prevention was an introduction and general overview on the topic of preventing the dangers of falling for the elderly. This week's article will focus more specifically on the exercises that will help improve strength, balance, and agility within seniors, thus greatly lowering the chances of an untoward stumble or tumble.
Remember to always attempt exercises with a nearby solid support (such as a counter, wall, a heavy chair that can withstand the full force of your weight without any danger of toppling or moving) and preferably in company of a family member, caretaker, etc. especially when starting a new exercise regimen.
These exercises help improve the body's ability to control and maintain its position through muscle support.
The following exercises are important for fall prevention by training the posture to keep the center of gravity centered above the ankles when standing, walking, or rising.
These exercises are harder then the basic strength and balance ones and should only be attempted when one is already comfortable with the previous exercises.
More senior friendly chair exercises can be found here.
There are also several more organized or group sources of exercise that are not only recommended for the strength, balance, and agility needed to help prevent falling, but are also good for arthritis and joints. These include tai chi, tai ji quan, water exercises taking place in heated pools, as well as official exercise programs found at such places as the National Council on Aging.