STILL GOING STRONG
LEARN HOW YOU CAN AGE WITHOUT INJURY
Injuries from falls are more common as you age. These injuries have the potential for devastating effects. However, falls can be prevented, allowing you to remain healthy and independent for longer.
Tell your doctor if you have fallen, feel unsteady when standing or walking, or are afraid you might fall.
Staying active is essential to keeping your body healthy, and it can help you prevent falls. Regular exercise can improve your muscles and make you stronger.
Another benefit of staying active is that it helps slow bone loss from osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to weaken and break more easily. You can reduce your fall risk and stay healthy with early screenings, preventive measures, and treatment. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best preventive measures for you.
You can try different exercises, but you should establish an exercise plan that is right for you. Talk to your healthcare providers about your options.
You can improve your balance, muscle strength and coordination by:
- Walking or climbing stairs
- Using resistance bands
- Practicing yoga
- Taking tai chai
- Joining a pilates class
- Lifting weights
It is essential to talk to your healthcare provider before you begin exercising.
Avoiding falls and staying active can help you maintain your independence and make sure you get to keep doing the activities you enjoy, like:
Spending time with your friends and family
Volunteering in your community
Starting a new exercise routine
Exploring local parks
Attending a show or festival
Going to the store
Small Steps Can Help You Maintain Your Independence and Reduce Your Risk of Falls
For more information and to learn more about how you can avoid falls, call us today at 1-888-341-5030 (TTY: 711)
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Blue Advantage (PPO) is provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Information provided is not intended to replace medical advice from healthcare professionals.