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March 23, 2012 > Shoes, canes and walkers... oh my!

Shoes, canes and walkers... oh my!

Submitted By Mary M. Anderson

These days, some of us would not make it very far without the help of a cane or a walker. Sometimes it's our shoes that cause a fall, or simply the fact we don't lift our toe when we step out.

LIFE ElderCare's in-home exercise program is offered at no cost to home-bound seniors age 60 and older. Trained nursing students will come to your home and instruct you on simple resistance band exercises to improve your balance and muscle strength.

If you're a senior who uses a cane or walker, follow these tips to make your journey a safe and pleasant one:

* The cane or walker should be about the height of your wrists when your arms are at your sides.
* When using a walker, your arms should be slightly bent but you shouldn't have to bend forward at the waist.
* Check the rubber tips at the bottom of the cane or walker and replace them if they are uneven or worn.
* Don't use a borrowed cane, walker or crutches unless you have had the fit and height customized for your needs.
* To keep your feet safe, buy properly fitting, sturdy shoes with thin rubber soles and a light tread. Avoid shoes with a thick sole and make sure there is enough space for your toes to lie flat. Don't wear flip-flops.
* Finally, avoid turning too quickly or walking too fast.

If you would like to learn more about fall prevention, call Sandy at LIFE ElderCare 574-2087 to enroll in the free Fall Prevention program. The program is available to seniors living in the Tri-City area: Fremont, Newark and Union City.

In addition, you'll receive a free home safety assessment, minor home modifications if needed and a comprehensive medication review. These combined measures may help decrease your possibility of a bad fall. If you are concerned about falling, doing fall prevention exercises can make all the difference!

Whether you're planning a journey to Timbuktu - or just a walk to your front door - LIFE ElderCare's Fall Prevention program can help. Give us a call.

Fall Prevention
(510) 574-2087

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