Prevent falls that can rob you of your independence.

Every 11 seconds an older person in the U.S. is treated in an emergency room for a fall-related injury.

When we’re children falling is just a normal part of life. You dust off your knees and get back up without thinking about it. But when you fall as an adult, it often results in life-changing consequences. Falls aren’t just responsible for minor injuries; they can lead to extended nursing home care, disability, or even death.

The good news is that many falls can be prevented. For the best ways to maintain your balance and avoid falling get Harvard Medical School’s new report Preventing Falls. This information-packed guide from Harvard’s expert physicians explains:

  • Why we’re more likely to fall as we age
  • The specific risk factors for falling
  • The “right” way to fall to reduce your chances of injury The secrets to preventing falls — from improving your health to exercises that improve strength and balance

How your body keeps you balanced

As you’ll soon learn in Preventing Falls there are two basic types of balance. Static balance gives you the ability to stand up without falling over, while dynamic balance allows you to anticipate and react to changes as you move. Four systems in your body work together to help you stay balanced:

  • The central nervous system coordinates movements by sending motor signals to the eyes and muscles
  • The vestibular system of the inner ear sends messages to the brain about the position and movements of your head in relation to the ground
  • Your vision helps your balance by showing you where you are in relation to other objects
  • And position-sensing nerves — called proprioceptors — embedded in muscles, tendons and joints throughout your body help you move around without stumbling or bumping into things

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4 NIV

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 NIV

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19 NIV

The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. Psalm 118:24 NIV

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:17-18 NIV

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:11 NIV

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9 NIV

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