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Physical Activity and Fall Prevention

Physical Activity and Fall Prevention

Physical Activity and Fall Prevention

Life can be full of wonderful experiences. Falling is not among them.

Mary Sue Koeppel gazing out a window. Photo taken 08-13-15. UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.

There is nothing pleasant about losing a sense of control, panicking while searching for a way to stabilize oneself, then feeling all kinds of pain after landing on the ground.

A flurry of worrying questions may emerge in the aftermath of a fall.

What’s going on with me? Did I break anything? Am I going to be all right? What do I do now?

Fall risk can increase with age and lack of exercise. A recent Ask IFAS publication walks readers through several beginner-level exercises that are meant to help them maintain or improve balance, strength, and flexibility.

Elderly person receiving assistance from a caregiver with everyday tasks. UF/IFAS Photo by Marisol Amador.

This publication is part of a larger series on fall prevention. Other articles in this series discuss determining fall riskidentifying possible fall hazards at home, and decreasing the chance of additional injury after a fall.

For more information on physical activity through all stages of lifehealth and well-being, and safety in the home, remember to Ask IFAS.

by Amanda Quintos

Source: UF/IFAS Pest Alert

Note: All images and contents are the property of UF/IFAS.

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