8 Exercises That Help Seniors Reduce Their Risk of Falls

The statistics regarding injurious falls among seniors are staggering. In 2010, the Center for Disease Control reported that 21,700 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries and that over 50% of all fatal falls involved people over the age of 75.

Seniors who fall are at very high risk of experiencing a life-altering event.  It is estimated that 1 out of 3 adults over the age of 65 will fall this year and 2/3 of those adults that do fall will do so again within 6 months, greatly increasing the chance of a fall-related injury or fatality.

Injury and fall prevention strategies, is a primary and important issue among care professionals, and families.   In addition to providing SmartCells fall protection mats and flooring to prevent injuries, one of the central topics for preventing a fall is establishing and maintaining a good balance, strength and exercise program.  It is recommended that seniors spend at least 15 minutes each day doing some form of physical activity.

The following are a list of fall prevention balance and strength exercises for seniors:

  1. Walking- Increases cardiovascular health, strength and balance
  2. Dancing- Increases Balance
  3. Yoga- Increases strength and balance
  4. Tai Chi- Increases balance and reactions to movements
  5. Standing on One foot- Increases balance
  6. Putting Socks on standing up- Increases balance
  7. Chair Exercises
  8. Leg Exercises- Backwards and side leg lifts increase balance

SmartCells fall protection mats and flooring employ a unique dual-stiffness technology that provides a stable, safe surface for standing, walking, wheeling and transferring, while at the same time protects with significant cushioning in case of a slip or fall.

SmartCells fall-protection mats are safe and elegant.  They combine style and quality with molded-in beveled edges, which reduce tripping hazards and allow wheeled objects to easily roll, and are constructed of material that will not absorb liquid, and offer a practical solution to infection control issues.  SmartCells fall-protection flooring acts as an underlayment for most choices of standard flooring, so you won’t even know it’s there, until a fall occurs.

SmartCells Fall Protection: We’ll be there when you can’t be.