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
2 Corinthians 13:9 For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.
Colossians 1:28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.
Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.
2 Corinthians 10:15-16 not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you, so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.
2 Thessalonians 1:3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater;
2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Ephesians 1:17-18 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
Ephesians 3:16-19 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, read more
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