Seniors: Staying in Balance to Decrease Fall Risk

For seniors who’ve experienced the trauma of falling, it’s common to want to do whatever possible to prevent a fall from happening again. It may seem intuitive to limit physical activity; after all, wouldn’t it be safer to skip an afternoon walk than risk taking a tumble down some steps? Not so, according to the experts. It’s important for seniors’ overall health, well-being and confidence levels to work towards improving their balance and muscle strength. Consult with a physician first and if cleared to start an exercise regimen, consider the following exercises recommended by the National Institute on Aging: One-Foot Stand: Holding onto a sturdy chair for balance, raise one leg slightly

Unsure About Your Long-Term Care Needs? This Checklist Can Help.

Planning for long-term care involves a wide range of variables. A senior may be completely independent and self-sufficient for years, and then suddenly require assistance at home in one or more areas. So how can you determine what might be the best options for care? Many in-home care agencies understand the difficulties surrounding planning for your or your loved one's care needs when the time comes to add in help at home. But while that decision is usually never an easy one, the following pointers can help you make the most informed decision when it comes to finding or starting long-term care at home: Minor care at home may be needed if the senior: Requires some assistance and reminders

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