5 Action Steps to Take Today to Start Aging Well

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Whether you're 15, 35, or 75 years old, newsflash... you are aging! 

Might as well take control and decide how you want to age. 

It's never too early to start to think about aging, and if you aren't happy with how you're aging it's never too late to start. 

At our clinic, we've had the pleasure of working with adults all the way up to 102 years old who report their quality of life as very high. And that is because their daily habits support their longevity. So... we've been keeping track of what these habits are so we can help others do the same. 

There are an infinite amount of actions you can take to age gracefully, but we listed out the action steps that will give the greatest impact for the effort put in.

Always remember, aging can be what you want it to be.

1. Think Positive

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Video FAQ: How Do I Choose the Right Therapist?

 

Have you been to a physical or occupational therapist and not had the results you were hoping for?

Or were you satisfied with the therapy you received at the time only to have the same problem you went there for in the first place return?

The reason we started ABC was to address these very problems!

When we first started our careers as therapists in a big facility, we were quickly disenchanted by the heavy emphasis on diagnosis codes, insurance reimbursement, and the lack of personalized care.

So... fast forward a few years and here we are. 

Don't mind us as we go off on a bit of a tangent today on what you might want to consider avoiding when you are going to a physical or occupational therapist. Making sure you find a therapist and clinic that are the right fit for you is something we are so very passionate about!

At ABC, we emphasize you and your story above all else. You have your therapists undivided attention for the whole time you are here. If we are not...

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Are You Challenging Yourself Everyday?

How often should we be challenging our balance?

Every. Day.

It is true that we live in a world that no longer challenges our balance. We have a habit of sticking to routines that don't allow for much variability in our movement throughout the day. And this is where the problem comes in...

It does not matter how old you are, as soon as you stop seeking variety mobility starts to decline. This is why it is so critical to find small ways each and every day to challenge yourself!

The opportunities you have to improve your balance every day are endless! What can you do to start to challenge your balance today?

 

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Video FAQ: Is It Normal to Decline With Age?

 

We wish the answer to the question, "Is it normal to decline with age?" was more obvious.

One of the most common themes we hear from our clients is that the decline they are experiencing was inevitable because of their age...

We are here to tell you this absolutely does NOT have to be normal! 

In this video, we dispel some of the most common MYTHS we hear, including:

  • "It's normal to start falling as I get older"
  • "I'm too old for my balance to get better"
  • "I've been told I will be in pain for the rest of my life"
  • "Because I have arthritis I will always have pain"
  • And more...

If the above sound like anything you have ever found yourself thinking or have ever heard, this video is for you!

Let us know what other aging myths you believe or have heard and reach out to us! We would love to provide you the resources you need to age gracefully.

 

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Video FAQ: How Can I Make My Home Safer?

 

One of our most important jobs as therapists is to help our clients recognize common fall hazards in the home. Here we go over a few simple tips to help keep you safe in your home!

If you think you might benefit from a home safety assessment or have any further questions about home fall hazards please reach out to us. 

 

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Video FAQ: How Does Balance Work?

 

As the name of our business (Advanced Balance Clinic) implies, we spend a lot of our day working with those who have balance problems! So we are often asked to explain where balance problems might be coming from.

Balance is a complex interaction between your sensory systems, the brain, and your muscles. Your sense constantly take in information about your environment and how you are moving relative to your environment, they communicate this information with your brain, and your brain then tells your body how to move. Most of this happens without you realizing it until there is a balance problem! Read more about the balance systems here or watch the video above for further information.

A few simple screening tests and measures help us determine what is causing an individuals balance problem, and we then treat what we find! Some balance problems are caused by simple muscle weakness, whereas others might be due to vision problems or vertigo. If we are unable to treat the problem,...

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Video FAQ: Why Should I Know How to Get On and Off the Floor?

 

One of the first skills we address with new patients is getting on and off the floor. In the event of a fall, this can be a life-saving skill! But there are also many benefits of getting on and off the floor for anyone of any age. 

The first step we take is to make sure someone can get on and off the floor as safely as possible. This reduces fear of falling and ending up on the floor and gives someone the confidence to know what to do in the event this happened. Then we bring more fun and creativity into the mix.

Getting on and off the floor takes your knees and hips through a larger joint range of motion than sitting in a chair, keeping you strong and healthy! Sitting on the floor also has core strengthening benefits. 

If you are not feeling confident about your ability to get on and off the floor or are afraid to try this on your own, stop by the clinic any Friday between 11am and 1pm for a floor transfer screening. 

 

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Video: Recap of the Movement for Brain Health Workshop

 

For those who were unable to attend our Movement for Brain Health Workshop, we recorded a video recap of the material we presented. 

In this video we cover:

  • The strong connection between mobility and brain health
  • What your balance and walking might indicate about your brain health
  • How chronic pain impacts the aging brain
  • What mobility screenings can tell you about your brain health
  • Different types of exercise and the mind benefits they have

And so much more!

We hope you enjoy and take something away that can positively impact your health! 

 

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Video FAQ: What Exactly is a Fall?

 

One of the biggest problems surrounding falls is a lack of understanding of what a fall actually is and when it should be reported. In this video we address one of our most commonly asked questions, "What exactly is a fall?"

Long story short, a fall is defined as ANY UNCONTROLLED DESCENT. There can be some confusion, because most people only consider it a fall if they fell all the way to the ground. But a fall includes catching yourself on a wall or furniture, falling onto a bed, or even plopping into a chair! 

There can be a negative stigma surrounding falls, and we hope this helps clear some of that up. Falls are nothing to be ashamed of and also nothing to be taken lightly. 

If you think you might be having falls, feel unsteady, or think you might be at risk of falls reach out to a trained healthcare provider for a screening. Just a few simple physical tests and measures can give you a lot of information about your overall health and future risk of falls. 

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Alignment 101: Why We Teach Alignment

At Advanced Balance Clinic, a major part of our treatment philosophy focuses on body alignment to help get people moving better. When we refer to alignment, we mean how each body part is positioned relative to each other. For example, if you are standing and you look down where is your foot pointed relative to your hip? Is in angled out, angled in, or pointed straight forward? You might wonder why we spend so much time emphasizing these subtle variations throughout the body.

There are several components to this answer. The human body is complex. We might be focused on alignment, but also realize this is far from the whole picture. Take chronic pain for example. A focus on alignment might be a good start for some people, but pain is much more complex than meets the eye. More and more research demonstrates that chronic pain has nothing to do with what we call “posture” and is not even not well correlated with disease state. For example, someone can have terrible...

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