Physical activity reduces the risk of falls
Brought to you by Todd Barth of Home Instead Senior Care in Hillsboro
Falls are the No. 1 reason that seniors
end up in the hospital. In fact, 33 percent
of all hospital visits are caused by falls
and accidents at home.
Many falls are preventable. Exercise
can help reduce the risk of falls
by improving strength, balance,
coordination and flexibility. With a
doctors permission, encourage your
loved one to enjoy activities like walking,
water workouts or Tai Chi. Simple chair
exercises and stretches can also provide
Physical therapy is another option
for seniors who avoid physical activity
because they are afraid to fall. A
therapist can create a custom exercise
program aimed at improving balance,
flexibility, muscle strength and gait.
Also, be mindful of medications.
Some medicines – or combinations of
medicines – can cause adverse side
effects like dizziness or drowsiness,
which increase the likelihood of injury.
With these factors in mind, Home Instead
Senior Care encourages children and their
aging parents to have honest conversations
on this topic. We encourage family
members to be brave enough to keep their
senior loved ones safe from harm. Home
Instead is not about our seniors losing their
freedoms; its just the opposite.
We are all about keeping seniors safe,
and bringing peace of mind to the family at
large, said Todd Barth, owner of the Home
Instead franchise in Hillsboro.
An upcoming educational workshop,
Improving Com-munication with Aging
Parents, will address this issue. The
workshop will be held May 18 at 5:30 p.m. at
1400 N.E. 48th Ave., Suite 107, in Hillsboro.
1400 NE 48th Ave.
Hillsboro OR 97124