3 Fun Senior Activities to Reduce the Risk of Falls
Posted on August 01, 2014
in Fall Prevention
8/24/15 9:19am | Alert1 finds seniors
can reduce the risk of falls by keeping physically active. And the best way
to do that? By having fun! These 3 activities will increase your health and
happiness. You will look forward to exercising! Pair these activities with your mobile medical alert system so that you are protected at
all times. Preventive measures + 24/7 protection = a complete
aging in place plan. Get ready to have some fun!
Tai Chi for Seniors
is perfect for reducing stress and keeping healthy for older adults. Tai chi was originally
developed for self-defense, but has become an art form that improves
psychological health and enhances your ability to balance.
During tai chi practice, you
perform a series of movements and poses that gracefully flow into one another.
It is sometimes referred to as “meditation in motion.” As you move, you focus
on your breathing and the slow and controlled quality of movement. The worries
will melt away.
Tai chi is the perfect exercise
for people of all ages. It is low impact, and the continuous flowing
movement is gentle on joints and muscles. You don’t need any equipment to
start, and it can be done indoors or out, alone or in a group.
The health benefits of tai chi
- Decreased risk of falls
- Increased balance
- Reduced physical effects of stress and pain
- Increased bone density
- Reduced blood pressure
- Improved strength
The biggest benefit of tai chi is
its ability to reduce your risk of falls. It strengthens
all of the muscles in your legs and core and increases flexion in the
ankles. All of this results in better balance. Your body will be better able to
react when walking on uneven surfaces and your overall coordination will be
Senior Excursions and Geocaching
Do you enjoy walking or hiking?
Try turning your excursions into a treasure hunt with geocaching! Don’t feel
like your walks are a chore - geocaching is a fun way to give your walks a
goal. Regular exercise is important to reducing your risk of falling, and being
outdoors will lift your mood.
To do this activity you will need
device that gives you your GPS location. There are dedicated handheld GPS
receivers, and many smartphones have GPS capabilities. Why do you need a GPS
device? They show you where X marks the spot!
You will be searching for
‘caches’ that are hidden in many places around the world. You might be
surprised at how many are in your area! Hunting for caches will bring you to
many beautiful locations you otherwise would never have found. Caches
vary in size, from the size of medication
or pill containers to a shoebox, and often they have trinkets inside to
head over to www.geocaching.com.
Download the location of caches near you and put their locations into your GPS
device. Then the hunt is on! Once you’ve made it to the location given by the
GPS coordinates, you get to search for the treasure. Caches are always hidden,
so be ready to do some searching! Difficulty varies greatly, but many caches
provide difficulty level and hints if you get stuck. Once you’ve found the
cache, sign the log inside and then place the cache exactly where you found it.
You can note online when you found the cache and connect to other geocachers in
your area. You will have a lot of fun seeing how many caches you can collect!
is a great activity for anyone who likes to be outdoors and anyone who loves a
good puzzle. Either solo or with a friend, you will get some exercise and
challenge your brain at the same time. Just don’t forget your Kelsi mobile medical alert! If you run into
trouble on the trail a mobile medical alert will allow you to quickly and
Social Dancing and Seniors
For a social activity with many
great health benefits, try social partner dancing! Seniors
can waltz, tango, and rumba on their way to better health and have a blast
You will find that ballroom dance
communities are friendly and welcoming. Don’t be afraid that you don’t know how
to dance, that’s what lessons are for! Your local ballroom studio will have
classes where you can learn how to do the dances, and many host weekly ‘tea
dances.’ Tea dances are daytime parties where you can dance with others. They
are an excellent way to make new friends because you can dance with everyone.
The atmosphere is perfect for socializing. Don’t be afraid to ask others to
Dancing is fantastic for your
physical and mental health. You will improve your balance and coordination
while dancing your stress away. Dancing increases
mental abilities at all ages and can even ward off Alzheimer’s and other
types of dementia. A bit of practice and all of your friends will be amazed at
your new abilities!
Senior Healthy and Safety
complete aging in place plan, these activities are perfectly paired with
Alert1’s mobile medical alert system. We don’t want
you to have to press your alarm button, but we will be there for you if you do.
You deserve to have the least possible risk of injuries from falls. These
activities will strengthen your mind and body and you will have a lot of fun
doing them. It’s time to mix it up and try something new!
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