Ways I Keep Upright: Three Things to Prevent Falls
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a lack of balance and have been prone to falling. I once spent a night with my daughter counting all of the times I have fallen; we stopped counting at 20! When I was a child, I had an illness that prevented me from developing stronger muscles in my body. Whether or not that has had a direct impact on my lack of balance is something I will never know. But I do know how falls can affect your quality of life. I did not realize that I could do something about my balance until a few years ago, and since then I have done my best to take action to prevent more falls.
There are three things I’ve done that I feel have enhanced my quality of life and aided in preventing falls:
I work with a yoga therapist, and she has taught me stretching exercises that I do daily to strengthen my balance.
I also believe my daily meditations in the afternoon and before I go to bed help me feel centered and grounded—and more steady on my feet.
I walk with the aid of two walking sticks whenever I walk outside. I actually find them fun to use! But more importantly, they are great when walking in places with cracks and bumps that I am not familiar with.
Admitting I needed help with balance wasn’t the easiest pill to swallow. It took a situation where I was seriously injured in a fall for me to understand that sometimes I do need support from others. Try letting others help you pick out safer shoes or go through your home to get rid of things that you could trip on. Accepting help from others is a huge step forward in creating a fall-free life.
Patricia Kubera is the person behind the popular Instagram account, @10secondswithgrandma. With the help of her granddaughters, Pat shares insight into her life—providing inspiration with a dose of good humor. SCAN is pleased to be working with Pat to highlight the importance of preventing falls.