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5 Tips for Recovering Your Confidence After a Fall

Posted on September 25, 2017 by Gina Intoppa in older adults, in seniors, in mobility

If you have fallen in the past, or have concerns about falling, you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one out of four adults over age 65 falls each year. While most falls do not result in serious injury, the psychological effects of a fall can last long after the physical effects heal. Fear of falling again can be immobilizing for seniors, but it is important not to let that fear lead to further mobility issues. When you are afraid of falling, you tend to limit your physical activity. For a while that strategy works, but eventually, restricting activity leads to a loss of muscle strength, endurance and mobility — three things that make you vulnerable to falling again. Experts say this comes down to “balance confidence”, an individual’s confidence in their ability to maintain their balance and remain steady. But how important is how we perceive our physical abilities and limitations?

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