Organize Your Body – Two Beginner Steps

Move like a tree

Daily I find myself imploring my Fallstoppers (Fall Stop…MOVE STRONG™ class participants) to “Organize Your Body!” To help explain what I mean, I ask them to imagine each of their bodies as a tree moving through space. Each tree has a strong trunk that supports its branches. The trunk is strong core muscles. With the support of a strong trunk one is far less prone to dangerous winds and unpredictable conditions.

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8 Tips for Safe, Mindful Walking

Put your mind in your feet.

53% of falls in healthy older adults occur while walking. When we go about our business each day, we probably never ask ourselves whether we’re walking safely. When we rush, multi-task, and are distracted we’re less likely to be aware of those broken sidewalks, uneven surfaces, cracks in the pavement, that last staircase step. It is very important that we walk mindfully. Here are eight tips to reduce the risk of slips, trips, near-misses and falls while walking.

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Move Strong: 10 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Falls

It’s Fall Prevention Awareness Week, a good time to reflect on how serious a problem falls are. One third of adults 65 and older fall each year. The direct annual medical costs related to falls are $30 billion. By 2020, the over-65 U.S. population is projected to be 55 million, and projected annual medical costs related to falls are $54.9 billion.

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Wake-Up Fall in Your 60s

By Celeste Carlucci
Posted to: The Huffington Post

Experiencing a fall in your 60s can be an early wake up call. It can alert you to acknowledge and address some of the changes your body is undergoing. Maybe your balance, hearing or vision has begun to decline, or overall physical strength has decreased. Cognitively, perhaps you have slowed; you find it more difficult to multitask, to do more than one thing at a time. A new medication might be increasing your risk of a fall. If you’re faced with any of these issues, you should consult your doctor.

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Everyday Moves: 6 Easy Routines for Strength and Balance

REPRINT: Senior Planet: Aging with Attitude
AUTHOR: Jill Caryl Weiner
DATE: September 27, 2013

Moving through our days gets harder as we age. Bending and stretching, stepping off curbs, even navigating the furnishings in a room – many of us don’t perform these movements as efficiently or gracefully when we’re older, and some of us end up hurting ourselves. We might even fall.

But with the right exercises, you can protect your body and enjoy moving more.

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