Balance Exercises for Elderly People: Everyday Routines to Prevent Falls

These balance exercises for elderly people can help prevent falls and protect their independence.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services highly recommends balance exercises for elderly people.

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To remain independent, it’s important keep physically fit enough to maintain balance, keep from falling, and stay active and mobile. There are things you can do to put yourself in a lower risk group for falls and improve your mobility. One of those measures is regular exercise. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services highly recommends balance exercises for elderly people. It’s smart to schedule balance training at least three days a week, for 10 to 15 minutes per session, using exercises included in studies and programs that have been proven to reduce falls. Include lower-body strength exercises (side leg raises and back leg raises, for example) as part of your routine exercises.

3 Balance Exercises for Elderly People

Here’s a trio of balance exercises for elderly people to adopt as part of a regular routine.



Side leg lifts

This article was originally published in 2016. It is regularly updated.

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Diane Muhlfeld

Editor/writer Diane Muhlfeld joined Belvoir Media Group in 1996. Since 2002, she has focused on the company's growing health publishing division, which comprises 11 institution-affiliated newsletters and 24 annual Special … Read More

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  • Recently, I became unable to get up out of my deep Jacuzzi bathtub. I was ablt to do this easily before August using a technique I learned in physical therapy, but I forgot it, and now can’t find the paper it was on. Can anyone there reproduce such an exercise? It had something to do with folding one leg and bending forward, then pulling up on the grab bar. My quads are very strong. I just turned 65 in July.

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