Did you know that about one third of the population over the age of 65 falls each year, and the risk of falls increases proportionately with age? At 80 years, over half the population fall annually.
The risk of falling can be significantly reduced through a number of different ways. Removing obvious risk hazards such as curled edges on mats, wearing safe, supportive footwear, ensuring adequate lighting, and specific falls prevention exercises may prevent a serious fall.
Balance and Falls Prevention Classes are held twice weekly at Advance Rehab Centre where the focus is to strengthen deconditioned muscles and improve overall balance to reduce the risk of a fall. The classes are held in the gym area in a circuit setup so that clients receive specific exercises relevant to their own level of fitness and balance. The idea is to challenge one’s balance in a safe, supervised environment, so that improvements can be made.
If you know of any friends or family members who have fallen recently, it may be worth a visit to Advance Rehab Centre to be assessed by one of our friendly Physiotherapists!