Springhouse Conducts Balance Clinic
On March 20, Springhouse Senior Living held a Balance Clinic for our residents. The staff from Encompass Healthcare Services came and led the group for balance testing.
Balance in older adults is very important. Every year, one in three adults 65 or older falls at least once. In older people, falls can be serious.
More than 90 percent of hip fractures result from falls. Falls also often lead to fractures of the spine, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand. These injuries can undermine independence. Hip fractures, in particular, also can increase the risk for early death.
Balance is the ability to distribute your weight in a way that enables you to hold a steady position or move at will without falling. From the moment we sit or stand up as infants, gravity is always pulling us downward, tending to cause us to fall. Our ability to balance keeps this from happening – most of the time.
Check the newsletter or flyer postings for the next monthly Balance Clinic.