A couple of people I know had falls in the last month - myself included - so I’ve been thinking about what we can do to prevent falls and injury at any age.
Sometimes being at risk of falling is a result of a health issue, like poor eyesight, incontinence, change of medication or a neurological condition. Be sure to check in with your GP or myself if you feel like your balance has gotten worse recently. Here are a few commonsense tips for around the home:
NSW Falls Prevention have a nifty strength and balance video that anyone can do. All you need is a chair and a stretchy exercise band/theraband. I highly recommend it!
Good fall prevention is also about how we recover after we’ve lost balance. This is a simple one that I like to do for balance and coordination. Imagine you are standing in the middle of a clock-face. In front of you is 12 o’clock, to the left is 9 o’clock, to the right is 6 o’clock and behind you is 3 o’clock.