Fall prevention combines assessment and intervention to reduce the incidence of falls and fall-related injuries in older adults.
StepWISEnow Balance Training provides a range of exercise and education programs designed to improve the essential components of dynamic balance and control for participants at all skill levels. The program offerings are intended to help older adults remain optimally active and independent in their homes and communities. Participants gain strength, stamina, flexibility, vitality and confidence in these energizing, fun and supportive programs.
Why is Fall Prevention Important?
Falls are the main reason older adults lose their independence and the leading cause of injury-related deaths, hospitalizations and emergency department visits among adults 65 and older.
This year one third of adults over 65 will fall and those who have fallen will be at an increased risk to fall again:
- 60% of hospitalized patients will be discharged to a nursing home or rehabilitation center
- 11% will have suffered a traumatic brain injury
- 27% will have fractured a hip
Every day, in New York alone, because of a fall:
- 2 older New Yorkers will die
- 140 people will be hospitalized
- 223 people will be seen in the emergency department
One third of Americans 65 and over will have a fall this year.
The Good News is That Falls Are Preventable!
“Falls are not accidents. They occur in predictable patterns as a result of recognizable factors.”
~ New York State Department of Health, Department of Injury Prevention
How Can Falls be Prevented?
Learn about your risk factors with a balance screening
Enroll in a balance fitness and fall prevention program
Continue to improve your balance and activity level
What is Balance Training?
Balance is a complex skill, we have to train our mind and body together to improve our balance. Even though our balance and stability naturally decline after age 50, balance can be improved at any age.
Effective balance training is progressive, challenging, and fun. Evidence-based programs address all of the components that make up balance.
- Better balance
- Increased stability
- Increased flexibility
- Improved strength
- Greater agility
- Improved stamina
- Improved cognitive focus and attention
- Increased confidence
- Greater independence
Balance training is a full mind and body experience. If you want to get lasting results from your balance training, you need to begin with at least 50 hours of training (2 x week for 6 months).
Who Benefits From Balance Training?
We can improve our balance at any age and at any level of physical mobility. While people over age 60 benefit the most from balance training, you are never too old or too young to see the benefits of following an evidence-based, balance-training program.
Balance Training and Living an Active, Independent Life
Are You Transitioning Out of Middle Age?
Balance Fitness is not just for our parents and grandparents!
Balance After Age 50
Balance is a highly complex skill that requires multiple systems to work together collaboratively and simultaneously to be successful in keeping us upright under all kinds of conditions.
Our body’s sense of balance and stability begins to change subtly after age 50. While we may brush this off as a natural part of getting older, it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, the first fall is the greatest predictor that a future fall may be on the way.
When we begin a balance fitness program we can improve not only our balance and stability but many people also experience a number of other physical and mental benefits. So ~ if you plan on being active and independent long into your 70s, 80s, and beyond, make sure you’re staying active and getting the balance training you need early on.
What Balance Training Does
It's an All-in-One Program ~ One balance program yields many benefits and results!
It's fun because it’s challenging on multiple levels and, unlike other forms of exercise, it allows us to develop strength, flexibility, agility, cognitive focus and mindfulness all in one program!
Some programs have been scientifically proven to reduce the risk of falling.
Research has shown that the most effective way to begin to improve balance and reduce the risk of falling is to participate in an hour-long class 2 x week for 6 months.
Balance training improves:
- Cognitive focus
And it's fun!
The biggest risk to independence after age 65 is a fall but we can significantly reduce our risk of falling by taking steps now to identify and modify our own fall risk factors and to engage in a balance fitness program.