My Great-Aunt Dorothy (beautifully pictured below, proudly displaying her docent of the New York philharmonic badge) passed away over Martin Luther King memorial weekend. As many family members have noted, she was a mischievous woman with a wonderful sense of humor and an avid appetite for knowledge and art. She lived alone in her apartment on the Upper West Side at the age of 84, and was so active and social, she had business cards with her personal information made so that people would know how to get a hold of her. Her demise came in the form of a fall in the bathroom. And, according to the CDC, this is how millions of people above the age of 65 go. In fact, one out of three older adults (those aged 65 or older) falls each year, and among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.
Now my great aunt was very active – walking regularly from the Upper West Side to Times Square to get tickets to shows, so it is hard to say that an increase in activity would have prevented this fatal fall, but according to the CDC, increasing leg strength and improving balance, with exercises that get more challenging over time is one major way to help prevent falls. As a trainer with over 10 years of experience, I have witnessed first hand the importance of exercise with elderly clients. Working on CORE strength won’t necessarily prevent you from tripping, but it WILL help you to recover from it and it WILL help to prevent actually falling (or hitting the ground).
We talk about motivation a lot on this blog and I can’t think of better motivation than this. Commit now to your future self. Make sure exercise is a habit that you start now and re-commit to each week. Not just for weight loss or that “bikini body”, but because you want to be around for a long time – handing out business cards and taking in shows.
If you (or a senior loved one) are in need of help getting started with an exercise program, please contact us today.