Balance Exercises for Your Elderly Loved One

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As you probably know, many elderly people have difficulties keeping their balance. There are many reasons why this may occur. Your elderly loved one may have chronic pain, hip issues, or a health condition that makes it difficult to move around. Vision issues can also lead to being off balance. No matter what the case may be, your elderly loved one may benefit from doing balance exercises.

Doing the Flamingo

Okay, so there is one exercise called the Flamingo Stand. This exercise is quite simple and it is very beneficial for people who have balance issues. The way that your elderly loved one can do the Flamingo stand is as follows:

  • Start by standing near a wall or chair (for support)
  • Get into a position with feet approximately shoulder-width apart
  • Slowly raise one foot up 2 to 3 inches from the floor
  • Hold the foot up for 10 seconds
  • Then, slowly put the foot down to the floor
  • Do the same with the other foot

Your elderly loved one should repeat this exercise 5 times. It may be a good idea for them to have a companion care at home provider with them while doing this exercise – at least until they get used to doing it.

Walking a Tightrope

The next balance exercise your elderly loved one should try is the tightrope walk. Most senior citizens enjoy doing this exercise. It helps to improve balance. It also encourages physical activity. The best way to do this exercise is in a long hallway or another large space. In order for your elderly loved one to do this exercise safely, it would be best if you or a companion care at home provider stayed with them while they did it. The directions for the tightrope walk include:

  • Walking 10-15 steps one way
  • While taking each step, make sure one hell toes the toes of the other foot
  • Arms can be extended to the sides if needed

This exercise can make your elderly loved one feel like they are walking the tightrope. It can be fun. However, it should be noted that this exercise can be challenging for some senior citizens.

Doing Reverse Leg Raises

Your elderly loved one can benefit from doing reverse leg raises, too. There are different ways that this exercise can be done. However, the most basic form of reverse leg raises is the following:

  • Start by standing behind a chair
  • Then, carefully lift the left leg back about 4-6 inches from the floor
  • Then, slowly put that leg back on the floor
  • Repeat with the other leg
  • Your elderly loved one should do this exercise 10-15 times each.

Conclusion

There are many different balance exercises that can benefit your elderly loved one. These are some of the most common ones that senior citizens have done. Remember, until your elderly loved one gets used to doing these exercises, it will probably be best for you or a companion care at home provider to be with them while they do them.

 

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