Finding Your Balance and Owning Your Peace as you Age

As we age it seems as though we have found a good sense of stability in life regardless of how the world around us is changing. We know that change is inevitable and cannot be avoided, so we have learned that in order to survive we must embrace adaptability.

The same is true with our bodies. As we age in order to survive the aging process we must be willing to adapt. Finding your bodies balance is key to optimizing your personal health. Learning to work with your body and how it best moves along with its limitations can not only protect your joints and stability but also reduce risk of future injury and increase your overall quality of life.

WHAT IS BALANCE?

According to vestibular.org, balance is the ability to maintain the body’s center of mass over its base of support.

WHAT CAN AFFECT BALANCE?

There are many contributing factors that affect good balance as we age; these include vision loss (perhaps due to diabetes), inner ear problems, and a decline in the sensors that are a part of the position and movement of the feet and legs.

WHY ARE THE ELDERLY AT A GREATER RISK?

As we age we are more susceptible to certain diseases and other ailments that could potentially affect our balance. Some examples are, Cataracts, glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular degeneration, Diabetic peripheral neuropathy, arthritis, potential medication side effects such as dizziness, and heart or blood circulation problems.

DID YOU KNOW?

20 - 40% of adults over the age of 65 who live at home fall

12 - 67% if elderly adults who fracture a hip die within 1 year

Older people with chronic dizziness or imbalances are 2-3x more likely to fall in comparison with older people who do not experience these problems

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOURSELF?

Proper footwear: If you don’t invest in a good foundation then there is NO stability in all that is connected. Take care of your feet!!