Balance problems and/or muscle weakness also cause falls. It is best to remain as active as possible and improve strength through regular exercise- even small amounts of movement can help.
By building muscle strength in the legs, arms, back, shoulders and chest, you or your elderly relative can improve posture, co-ordination, and balance, hence reducing the risk of falling.
Here are support links that you may be interested in: -
- Specialised support and classes available through GPs via National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS)
- Strength and balance classes may be available in your local area.
- Tai Chi is a good exercise for strength and balance for those who are not frail.
- Something is better than nothing.
- Do something you enjoy.
- Good guidance from NHS Choices, Community Safety Partnership, Age Cymru, Dewis Wales website
Stay Active at Home - Strength and balance exercises for older adults: