Submitted by: Val Corton, Community Life Coordinator, Woodstone – Rice Lake
The number one reason person over the age of 65 experience injuries is falling. Falls are especially disruptive for those who live alone or in senior communities.
They are many reasons for senior falls. One of biggest reasons is poor balance. Causes of poor balance could be inner ear disorders, viral inflammation around the labyrinthine nerve, other nerve disorders, vision problems, diabetes, medications and muscle loss.
The loss of muscle mass is very big problem for older adults. Studies have shown that older adults who do not exercise, or are very inactive, tend to lose 3 – 5 oz. of muscle mass per year. Regular exercise is one of the most important tools for seniors seeking to avoid injurious falls. Studies have shown that exercising can increase muscle strength and mass, thus improving balance.
The best way for senior communities to help keep their residents “on their feet” is to have a great exercise program. The Live 2 B Healthy® program is proven to help seniors improve both balance and overall strength. Live 2 B Healthy® Trainers are all Certified Personal Trainers, experienced in working with the senior market. They are familiar with the special challenges that come with age, and they know how to customize specially-designed exercises to fit the specific needs of each community and each resident.
Woodstone Senior Living Community offers the Live 2 B Healthy program for all of our residents, FREE of charge, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:30-11:15am. Just one of the benefits of living at Woodstone Senior Living Community in Rice Lake!