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Older woman joyously balancing on a rock at the beach

Evaluate, Strengthen, and Enhance Stability in Older Adults

“‘No time for exercise,’ will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”

Poor balance is a problem.

Dizziness, imbalance, and weakness can all lead to falls. And falls can lead to

  • Injury
  • Loss of independence
  • A steady decline in health

Seniors who live with the daily fear that they may lose their balance often walk less and become more sedentary. The problem can compound daily. It becomes an issue for the individual, a strain on staff, and a drain on administrative resources. Continue reading…

Two people walking on a path on a sunny day

How to Improve Walking Speed in Seniors

The Critical Points

  1. How fast someone walks is predictive of their overall health and life expectancy.
  2. Improved walking speed is correlated with improved 8 year survival rates.
  3. Task-specific exercises as well as overall strength, balance, and posture improvements can increase walking speed.

Senior walking ability begins to decline past 65. It becomes less coordinated, stable, quick, and efficient. This puts pressure on medical, therapeutic, and general staff. Independence and quality of life is lost.

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senior woman in fall on ice

Identify & Prevent Fall-Risk Problems Quickly

Here’s a shocking statement put out by the CDC…

“Falls are the leading cause of injury and death in older Americans.”

Did that catch your attention?

If not, how about this one…

“Every second of every day in the United States an older adult falls…”

Did that do the trick?

There are lots more, but they amount to the same thing. Falls are a big problem, a huge problem, yet a problem that’s still underestimated.

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Senior man on iBalance balance training equipment by HUR USA

Short and Long Term Effects of Balance Training in Seniors

Physical activity for seniors is critical for healthy aging.

Research has confirmed what we already knew—exercise is important. Really important. Even more important for older adults.

A physically active life helps retain functional balance and is an integral part of health-related quality of life. The Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, reported that seniors should get their heart rate pumping at least a little bit every day. The total weekly amount of “moderate to vigorous” activity should be at least 150 minutes. This time should then be broken down into at least 10 minute sections. All this, coming from not just evidence-based research, but also what most of us could probably guess.

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November’s HUR’s Heroes: Linda Riley and Chris Morrison

Meet Linda Riley & Chris Morrison 

Linda is the Fitness Manager & Chris is a trainer at North Hill, a senior living community in Massachusetts which includes a 10,000 square foot fitness center.  They teach fitness classes and work with seniors individually to help them build strength and increase their level of balance. One of the most important programs at North Hill is a Balance Clinic aimed at reducing falls and supporting the quality of life for their residents. Continue reading…

Why Seniors Need Lower Body Strength Training – For Therapists

Just one foot in front of the other. That’s all it really is. Whether it’s checking the mail, going for a walk, hiking a mountain, or running a marathon, it all starts the same way. It begins with one foot firmly planted on the ground leading your client forward, toward their goal.

Will they reach it?

Or will they falter, fail, or worse…give up?

It’s up to a combination of factors, motivations, and abilities, not the least of which is the strength and flexibility of their lower body. Continue reading…

Administrators: Turn Your Attention to Mobility

Mobility…

How older adults are able to move around is more important than you probably imagine.

It’s easy to understand that all of us humans around here would, of course, want the ability to walk around the block, get ourselves some lunch, and spend some time with loved ones in a social setting. But just how important is that?

Do we, as a society, take for granted exactly what quality of life effects? It’s not just a measure of pleasure for the individual. Quality of life affects economic and social aspects of the larger community, the healthcare sector, staff, and other personnel support.
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