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Physical activity reduces the risk of falls

Brought to you by Todd Barth of Home Instead Senior Care in Hillsboro


Todd BarthFalls 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

benefits.

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; it’s 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

503-902-9987

www.homeinstead.com