Tag Archives: balance

Physical Therapy Program Helps Prevent Falling

Every 11 seconds, an older adult needs emergency care because they’ve injured themselves from a fall, according to federal health statistics. As we get older, many physical-related health issues make us more likely to lose our balance. Vision and hearing problems, medications that cause dizziness and not staying active all contribute to the risk of […]

Simple Steps Help Prevent Falling, Injuries

The fear of falling for older Americans is a legitimate one. Falls are the leading case of fatal and non-fatal injuries among them. Every second, every day, an older adult falls – making falls the No. 1 cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Falls Leading More Older Americans to Suffer Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries

An increasing rate of older adults are experiencing traumatic spinal cord injuries, according to a new study published in the June 9 issue of JAMA. Researchers say it’s associated with an increase in falls.  The percentage of spinal cord injury associated with falls for those who are 65 or older increased from 28 percent to […]

Parkinson’s Patients Should Seek Exercise Early for Fall Prevention Benefits

Exercise may help people with Parkinson’s disease improve their balance, mobility and quality of life, even if it does not reduce their risk of falling, a new study suggests. Falling is a common problem for people with Parkinson’s. Sixty percent fall each year. Two-thirds of those fall repeatedly. “The resulting injuries, pain, limitations of activity and fear […]

Balance Test May Reflect Stroke Risk, Brain Health

The ability to balance on one leg may reflect brain health and stroke risk, according to new research from the American Heart Association. Struggling to balance on one leg for 20 seconds or longer was linked to an increased risk for small blood pressure damage in the brain and reduced cognitive function in otherwise healthy […]

People with Arthritis Face Higher Risk of Falls

Having arthritis puts people at a higher risk for falling and fall-related injuries, according to new federal statistics. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that when people had arthritis, they were 1.3 times more likely to have a fall, 2.4 times more likely to have two or more falls and 2.5 […]

Brisk Walking Slows Dementia, Study Finds

Women at risk of developing dementia may be able to boost the memory area of their brains by taking up aerobic exercise. Aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, seems to increase the total volume of the hippocampus – the part of the brain involved in verbal memory and learning, according to a small study published […]

There’s No Place Like…Om

Whether you’re trying to improve your balance after a stroke or rid your body of stress, practicing yoga has become a healthy part of many people’s lives. Finding classes has never been easier either. A yoga apparel company has created a free app for iPhone and iPod users who have iOS6. The app takes your […]

Brisk Walking Outdoors Helps Stroke Survivors

Stroke survivors can improve their physical fitness, mobility and quality of life by regularly walking at a brisk pace, according to new research. In a study of 128 adult stroke survivors, researchers found that those who walked briskly three times a week for three months lowered their resting heart rate, improved their walking endurance and […]

Yoga May Help Stroke Survivors Improve Balance

Stroke survivors may be able to improve their balance through group yoga classes, according to new research published in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers looked at the potential benefits of practicing yoga for eight weeks among a small group of people who had strokes more than six months earlier, according to […]