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I am learning how important it is to hold onto the stair railing when going up and down the stairs! During the past week, I have tripped going up the steps, and missed a step when running down the steps … not good. Fortunately, I was holding onto the railing each time. Last summer, for the first time in my life, I slipped and fell in the shower at a hotel! Thankfully, the shower door had a handle bar, which I quickly grabbed. Otherwise, I would have cut myself and/or broken bones! At that point, I knew I was no longer a spring chicken! Have you ever noticed how careful President Trump is when he goes up and down the stairs? He actually looks at the stairs and steps very carefully. For the over 50 nation, it may not be natural to step carefully, but it should be. As we age, we don’t lift our feet up when walking, like we used to … Our reflexes have diminished too, so it is necessary to be very careful and conscious of where we are stepping. Another way to prevent falls is to improve your balance. Several years ago, when I was in physical therapy for back pain, the therapist demonstrated a method to improve balance.

  1. Stand up, look straight ahead and focus on on object in the distance.
  2. Place you hands into a praying position.
  3. Bend your left knee and raise your foot off of off the ground.
  4. Hold for 30 seconds (or however long you can hold it).
  5. Gently place your left foot down onto the ground and follow the same process with your right leg.

Of course, check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Alert1 Medical Alert Systems has a variety of senior care technology products to alert your loved ones or 911 if you have a medical emergency.

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