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7 Best Ways to Improve Balance and Avoid Bone-Breaking Falls

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 09:34 PM

Bone diseases cause bones to weaken. They severely affect seniors, who are more likely to lose their balance and fall, especially if they are affected by bone diseases, or due to a weaker sense of balance and lower bone health. Bones of patients diagnosed with bone diseases like osteopenia and osteoporosis are likely to break due to brittleness. Losing the body’s balance can prove very dangerous for seniors. Fall prevention methods can prevent the risk of knee damage and breaking bones in senior persons. Taking steps for fall prevention can help everyone, especially senior persons, not to face hardships from bone diseases. Some of the best ways of fall prevention and avoiding broken bones are as follows:     
• Exercises are beneficial for persons suffering from bone diseases and they prevent bone diseases from affecting healthy people. Poor balance and a weakened bone structure can increase the risk of bone diseases. Exercises help in fall prevention and in improving balance. Exercises like aerobics and tai chi improve muscle strength, body posture, and balance. 
• Staying fit and healthy can help to improve the body’s balance. A nutritious diet, which contains calcium-rich foods, is very beneficial. This also reduces the risk of bone diseases. Eating calcium and vitamin-rich foods and taking supplements is also recommended for patients of bone diseases.

• Wearing comfortable shoes can help in fall prevention. Avoid high heels as they increase the chances of losing balance. For fall prevention, sneakers with deep treads should also be avoided. Shoes with slick soles can easily make you lose your balance, slip, and fall.
• Light up the room. Moving in the dark, especially at night, can be dangerous for senior persons. Using adequate lights can help in fall prevention. At night, a dim light can be left on so that senior persons do not face difficulty in searching for the light switch in the dark. This is a good method of fall prevention by reducing the risk of stumbling over objects or losing balance.
• Get sound and sufficient sleep. Walking after a lack of proper sleep can equal walking as if drunk. This can lead to accidents due to the loss of balance and result in serious injuries like knee dislodgements and fractures in senior persons. Sleeping daily for an adequate number of hours is always beneficial. A sound sleep can help the senior persons remain alert during the day.
• Visiting a doctor is recommended, especially for senior persons and people suffering from bone diseases. Inform the doctor about the list of medicines being taken for any health issues. This helps the doctor advise the seniors and patients about medicines and combinations that may cause side effects like lack of coordination and dizziness.
• Remove hazards at home. Sometimes the home itself contains hazards that can easily trip up the patients of bone diseases and cause seniors to loss balance, fall, and suffer from knee and other bone injuries. Improperly kept furniture, loose floorboards or carpeting, pets, and slippery or uneven surfaces can all be hindrances. Proper placement and fixing of things and managing people and animals can aid fall prevention. Removing these hazards and keeping walkways clear could help fall prevention.

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Senior persons and persons suffering from bone diseases are more likely to lose their balance and injure their knees and joints. A number of ways, including exercises, are useful for fall prevention and risks of bones breaking.
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