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Balance Exercises

Balance exercises are a critical component of any exercise program, as they can help maintain optimal strength and function and prevent falls among older adults. Falls, unfortunately, are common among older individuals, with one-third of those aged 65 years and older living at home suffering a fall each year. While the majority of falls do not result in a significant physical injury, about 10% of falls do result in fracture, bruising, laceration, or head trauma. There is a tendency to blame the environment for the falls that occur; the majority of falls, however, are due to intrinsic factors within the individual (e.g., changes in gait, balance, vision problems, dizziness).

With age, some normal changes that occur increase the risk of falling, such as increased sway with ...

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