As we age, our bodies undergo various changes that can affect our balance and mobility. These changes can result in a higher risk of falls and injuries, which can have serious consequences for older adults. Maintaining balance and mobility is essential for maintaining independence and quality of life in later years.
In our discussion with Debbie Rose, PhD we talk about the issues of balance and mobilty in older adults.
As we age, changes in our body, such as decreased muscle mass and strength, reduced flexibility, and changes in our sensory systems can affect our balance. Older adults with poor balance are at higher risk of falls, which can result in injuries such as hip fractures, head trauma, and other serious injuries. Maintaining mobility is essential for maintaining independence and quality of life in later years. Age-related changes can affect mobility, such as reduced muscle strength, decreased flexibility, and changes in joints, making it difficult to perform activities of daily living such as getting up from a chair, walking up stairs, and carrying groceries.
By exercising regularly, staying active throughout the day, eating a balanced diet, keeping the home safe, and getting regular check-ups, older adults can maintain and improve their balance and mobility, reducing the risk of falls and injuries.