Daily Life with Balance Concerns
Annotation:American Heart Association - Muscle weakness is a common cause of falls; this article provides strength and balance exercises instructions with diagrams.
Annotation:National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health - This is Chapter 4 of Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide. It describes, with photographs, exercises to improve balance. More advanced balance activities, as well as Strength, Endurance, and Flexibility exercises are included in other chapters.
Annotation:American Geriatrics Society, Foundation for Health in Aging - A patient handout describing canes, walkers and other assistive devices.
Annotation:American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - This link offers tips on how to properly set up and use a ladder, and what to do if you have a fall.
Annotation:MedlinePlus and A.D.A.M. - A short discussion and tips on preventing falls in the bathroom with the use of safety bars and other devices.
Annotation:Mayo Clinic - Tips include checking in with your doctor, keeping active, wearing sensible shoes, lighting your environment, and using assistive devices.
Annotation:American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery - Explains why falls are more likely in senior years, how medications affect sensory functions, how to prevent falls and how to recover from an injury caused by a fall.
Annotation:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - A checklist that goes through your house to help you prevent falls.
Annotation:Vestibular Disorders Association - Patients with vestibular disorders can experience social isolation, depression and anxiety. This link provides a brief discussion of these issues, plus links to further documents on the topic.
Annotation:Vestibular Disorders Association - This is a wonderful discussion about the sense of loss, anger, and depression that anyone diagnosed with a chronic illness can experience. Excellent coping strategies are provided.
Annotation:Vestibular Disorders Association - The association acts as a clearinghouse for, and provides educational resources to, vestibular disorders support groups. Here are lists of groups that meet face-to-face or online.
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