As they age, many seniors begin to experience a decline in their coordination and balance.
There are a lot of reasons why seniors struggle with coordination and balance, including chronic illnesses like multiple sclerosis, acute events like strokes, spinal and/or head trauma, and neuropathy. Some seniors also experience poor coordination and balance as a side effect of certain medications.
Sometimes, coordination and balance issues are unavoidable. Luckily, though, there are many steps you can take to maintain and improve your strength and stability as you get older, including the six listed below.
1. Get Your Eyes Checked Regularly
When it comes to establishing balance and maintaining good coordination, your eyes play a key role. In fact, sight is the first sense you use when you’re trying to establish your balance. Think about it — have you ever tried to balance on one foot with your eyes closed?
Regular eye exams are essential for seniors who want to maintain good balance and coordination. Visit your doctor once a year to make sure your eyes are healthy and your vision remains clear. [Read more…]