Simple exercises to help prevent a fall this winter
Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) has developed a series of simple exercises to help older Australian’s maintain their balance and avoid falls this winter, in the comfort of their own home.
The campaign, Don’t Hibernate this Winter highlights the increased risk of falls during the winter months as people aged 65 and over tend to stay inside more.
According to researchers at NeuRA, reduced activity during winter can lead to a deterioration in balance and an increased risk of falls as a person’s capacity to stand, move and exercise is impacted.
NeuRA research has revealed:
- One in three Australians over the age of 65 experiences a fall every year
- Fall-related injuries are the leading cause of hospitalisation for this age group
- In 2015, hospitalisations in NSW in people aged 65 and over who had a fall was 3,064 per 100,000 population
- Since then these figures have increased by 2.5 per cent each year.
This series of balance exercises are particularly important during the colder months when people tend to be less active, the hours of daylight are shorter and the likelihood of vitamin D deficiency increases.
Learn some simple exercises
Learn the exercises by watching the videos