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Sunday seniors: Lack of balance-building activities in pandemic spurs worries about falling

In usual times, health care providers would be worried about older adults and falling. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, with balance-aiding activities like bone builders and tai chi classes on hold, those concerns are magnified.“Even if it was just a...

Subscribe Donate Sunday seniors: Lack of balance-building activities in pandemic spurs worries about falling By LIZ SAUCHELLI Valley News Staff Writer Published: 9/19/2020 9:52:08 PM Modified: 9/19/2020 9:52:06 PM In usual times, health care providers would be worried about older adults and falling.This week is also Falls Prevention Awareness Week, which is sponsored by the National Council on Aging to remind older adults and their loved ones of the dangers of falling and what to do about it.” Older adults who are typically more active might be staying home more due to the pandemic, where isolation can become a concern.” As the colder weather sets in and spending time outside might becomes less appealing, older adults can focus on programs they can do indoors, such as online classes.

People don’t have easy access to get in and out of rooms and in hallways,” Edson said.“General activity level is important to the balance systems and other things that feed into it are ‘you don’t use it, you lose it’ systems,” Edson said.

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