Improving your strength and balance is one of the best ways to prevent falls. To achieve health benefits and improve functional abilities, adults aged 65 years and older should do at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in chunks of 10 minutes or more.
Rishma Dhalla, Occupational Therapist with Vancouver Coastal Health’s Fall Prevention Program, has some tips on some exercises you can do to make you stronger. Don’t forget to ask your doctor, physiotherapist, or health care provider about the best type of exercise program for you. Do only the activities you feel safe and comfortable doing.
Find an exercise program in your community.
Osteofit – A certified exercise, education, and falls prevention program for people who are at risk of fractures and falls.
Steady Feet – To participate in a Steady Feet program, you must be able to be able to walk independently, with or without a mobility aid. The program includes a 20 minute assessment session and 2 sessions per week for 8-10 weeks.
Home Activity Program – Print and video resources are available for you in English, Chinese, Punjabi, and Farsi.
Check your local community centre for strength and balance exercise classes for 55+!
Always choose activities that you enjoy! Remember to ask your doctor, physiotherapist or health care provider about the best type of exercise program for you.