Jennifer Broxterman, Msc, RD wrote an excellent article entitled “7 Lifestyle strategies to stay strong, healthy and independent longer”. I am providing some excerpts from that article here to highlight some simple nutrition and lifestyle changes that can dramatically improve quality of life.
One in three people ages 65 or older will suffer a fall. It's time to assess your balance and improve it.
Many older adults focus on exercise and diet to stay healthy. But one of the worst offenders to health—poor balance—is often an afterthought. "I see a lot of older adults who are nonchalant about balance," says Liz Moritz, a physical therapist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital.
The body systems responsible for balance can be affected by gradual changes due to aging or side effects of medications. There are also a host of health problems that can lead to unsteadiness on your feet. But many stability problems caused by aging or conditions such as arthritis, stroke, Parkinson's disease, or multiple sclerosis respond well to exercises designed to improve balance.