1. Do exercises for balance and strength. You want to make your legs stronger, improve your balance and raise your confidence level.
- Tai Chi is a good example of a practice that does all three.
- Yoga is strengthening and has many poses that improve balance, some of which you can do seated.
- There are also balance exercises that you can do almost any where — including while you’re standing in line at the grocery store.
2. If you’re taking medications, have your health care provider or pharmacist review them so you’ll know if any cause dizziness, make you sleepy or might cause you fall for any other reason.
3. Have your vision checked.
4. At home, put away anything you could trip over on stairs and paths that you often walk, so you won’t have to worry. You can find tips on making your home safe on the CDC website.
5. Check out your shoes. The American Podiatric Association has a 1-2-3 test that can help you evaluate whether your shoes are optimal for balance.
This post is excerpted from “5 Ways to Ease Your Fear of Falling” on Senior Planet. To read the entire article, click here.
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