Older Adult Wellness: Balance
A common theme among older adults is the realization that their balance isn’t quite as good as it was in their younger years. As people age they begin to feel unsteady on their feet, unsure of their steps on uneven surfaces, and hesitant about walking in low light.
While some decline is natural, balance is like any other skill. It takes practice in order to maintain optimal function. Good balance is important in daily functions such as getting out of a car, bending to pick something up, and walking without staggering or tripping.
One of the most common mistakes people make as they start to feel unsure of their balance is compensating by shortening their steps or shuffling their feet. Though those actions may feel secure at the time, ultimately they are detrimental.
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