Exercise for Aging and Falls Prevention 

Exercise and Aging 

Normal aging causes a reduction in muscle mass, bone density, a loss of agility and balance, reduced mobility and an increase in risk for chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, stroke etc. Exercise can help combat the effects of aging to help keep older adults mobile and independent. Additionally, exercise plays an important role to reduce the risk or manage many different chronic diseases that occur more commonly in an older population.

Regular exercise is beneficial to all older adults to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A kinesiologist can help you exercise safety if you have any other medical conditions. Our goal with each session is to help older adults remain active and mobile through exercise. 

How does exercise prevent falls? 

“Individually tailored exercise programs are proven to reduce falls and fall-related injuries”
International Osteoporosis Foundation
 

Falls are the most common cause of injury among older adults in BC. According to the Government of British Columbia, one in three older adults (age 65+) will experience at least one fall each year. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and hospitalizations for BC seniors (BC Injury and Rehabilitation Unit). For seniors, 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls (BC Centre for Hip Health and Mobility). Falls can often be prevented, but many factors contribute to falls that occur in the home - these may include a lack of balance, dizziness, and weakness (BC Government).

What will a session include?

  • Balance training
  • Mobility exercises
  • Stretching
  • Muscle strengthening exercises
  • Warmup and cool down

How can you prevent falls?

  • Improve balance
  • Improve mobility
  • Increase muscle strength
  • Increase physical activity