Falls are a serious healthcare concern for the older adult and the people that treat them. According to the NIH, 1.6 million older adults go to the emergency room for fall related injuries. Falls are not only responsible for many of the injuries that are suffered by older adults, but they often lead to decreased independence. Understandably, fear of falling is a concern for a lot of people.
There are a number of risk factors for falling, including:
- Muscle weakness
- Balance and how you walk
- Low blood pressure
- Vision problems
- Cognitive impairment (including mild cognitive impairment, or MCI)
It is easy to how the first couple of problems could be helped by exercise, but did you know that it’s possible that the last one can as well? Recent studies (like this one) are showing a possible link between regular exercise and decreased risk for developing MCI. For improving quality of life, both decreasing fall risk and increasing cognitive abilities are extremely important.
There are many ways to do this, and any exercise that you enjoy can be beneficial. If you would like a more structured way to get started, Great Moves will be hosting a class from June 1st to July 13th to include three workouts a week and further education about functional movement, exercise and brain health. For more information, call us at (719) 477-6870.