FINDING BALANCE ALGORITHM
According to the World Health Organization the greatest health risk for older adults is living an inactive life. Physical activity can prevent the onset of impairments which lead to an increased risk for falls.
Healthy older adults should participate in at least 30 minutes of moderately hard activity on most or all days of the week. A moderately hard activity is one where the heart rate is increased and the person can still talk while doing the activity.Older adults should speak to their physician prior to participating in any new physical activity.
Older adults should participate in activities which are enjoyable but which will also maintain strength, balance, endurance, coordination and flexibility. There are many programs for healthy older adults to choose from such as Tai Chi, strength training, walking, water fitness and dancing.
Physical activity needs to consider the entire body, not just the lower extremities. Arm strength is also important in falls risk management.