BOSTON (NBC) — For older people, falls are the leading cause of injuries and result in tens of thousands of deaths each year.
For this reason, more and more people are turning to a military training method to overcoming life's challenges more effectively. Artist Resa Blatman also looks at the big picture-considering her wellbeing in the years to come. At age 59, she is therefore now working to prevent one of the biggest obstacles to aging weakening dropping.
Resa is part of a growing group that joins parkour classes to improve agility and balance. Parkour is a typical extensive military-style workout They are doing a simpler version here. Manager Blake Evitt is usually teaching Boston's Parkour Generation program to people over 50 years of age.
"Part of what we do is make people happy with their bodies and use their bodies as a tool to manage their world," Evitt said. "It's kind of going downstairs and getting out of bed or if something happens kindly and naturally to be able to stay healthy."
This is important as 27,000 deaths are caused every year. Up to three million people suffer each year's drops, which end in the ER. Resa wants to stop everything That is as she grows older.
"When I leave the class, I walk home and I think, I can do something that most people can't do," said Resa.
The class helps her to feel more confident and alive, Blatman says. Dr. Shalender Bhasin at Women's Hospital and Brigham said avoidance before an incident was key.
"Starting parkour-type of strength and balance building exercises early in life can minimize the age-related loss of strength and balance,” Dr. Bhasin said. “it can be helpful at a public health level in preventing falls and fall injuries."
The secret preventing falls isn't just exercise. You can do things around the house to minimize falls too:
Remove hazards such as losing teeth and electric cables
The Set bars on steps, in the bathroom, and close to the bed
A simple clutter to simply enter the home for walking