Falls can be a common problem as we get older. Over time our strength and balance can reduce, affecting our mobility. Did you know that from the age of 55 it is estimated that we can lose 1% of our muscle mass every single year. However, falls should not just be accepted as part of the ageing process. At Nested Support we understand the impact falls can have not only on your physical health, but also your emotional wellbeing. However, there are lots of things you can do to help yourself, reduce your risk of falling and improve your quality of life.
There are lots of evidence to support the benefits of exercise in preventing falls. It is recommended that specific exercise programmes to prevent falls should be carried out regularly for at least 2 hours a week. Strength and balance exercises developed specifically for each individual have a significant impact on a person’s level of function, reducing falls and building their confidence.
Here are some other important considerations when looking at preventing falls:
• Your vision – having regular eye checks
• Having healthy feet and well fitted, supportive footwear
• Side effects of medication
• Home hazards – see our 7 Ways to Prevent Falls in Your Home
• Having a good diet and keeping well hydrated
• Other health conditions
If you are suffering from falls it is recommended to discuss your problems with your GP or other healthcare professional.
More information about avoiding falls can be found here