HELP! My Mother Is Losing Her Balance, What Can I Do To Help Her?

 

As your mom ages, it is common to notice that she may lose her balance more often. How common is it and what can I do to help her?

According to a recent study, people who were over 50 could not balance on one foot for over 45 seconds. As they get older, the time decreases sharply. In fact, seniors over 80 can stand on one leg for 12 seconds. Many people are surprised to learn that balance begins in to deteriorate around 50 years of age.

Here are some tips to help with your mother’s balance issues:

  1. First, make sure balance issues are not due to a medical problem

    1. Many different ailments can impact balance
    2. Have your loved one checked out by a doctor to rule out any medical issues and get cleared for exercise
  2. Practice the following skills:
    1. Getting up an down out of a chair
    2. Standing on one foot
    3. Heel to toe walking
    4. Yoga
  3. NCOA – the National Committee on Aging has many informational articles on how exercise can help balance issues.

The key is to KEEP MOVING!!!! 

Our caregivers offer the best care available and can help your elderly parent with simple lite movement exercises that may help them improve their balance.

The cloudnine Agency is dedicated to providing the best in-home care to you and your family member. We find no greater joy than that of caregiving.

We genuinely care about our clients and strive to enhance their lives through genuine love and empathy.

Contact us today to learn how we can help your loved one!

Note: This information is general in nature. It should not be construed as professional medical, financial, legal, or tax advice. You should work with your healthcare provider, financial, attorney, or tax professional to determine what will work best for you and your parent’s situation.


cloudnine staff writer

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