EMBRACING CHANGE WITH CONFIDENCE
As we age, our bodies go through many changes... some that we anticipate and others that are less expected. But for common fears like falling and bladder control, it’s very important for you to know that you’re not alone.
Talk with your doctor about these common issues and others so that you can stay active and tackle each coming day with the confidence you deserve. Let’s face it, all of our bodies are going to change. But who we are doesn’t have to.
DON’T LET CHANGES IN YOUR BODY CHANGE YOU
Two things are virtually a sure bet as you age. One is that your body goes through changes. And two is that those changes typically raise concerns. However, the number one thing to know about uncomfortable topics like falling and bladder control is that you’re not alone.
As things change, you’re still who you are. You’re still in control, and there are things you can do to manage these changes and embrace them with confidence. After all, being you is something that will never change.
FALLING: STAY IN BALANCE
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every three adults over the age of 65 will fall each year. And as you age, your chance of accidental slips and falls increases. But there are ways you can reduce your risk so that you can stay on your feet and keep doing what you love to do.
- Medication Review — Some medications can cause lightheadedness or imbalance. Review all your prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and supplements with your doctor so that you know what puts your balance at a higher risk.
- Light Exercise — Activities like walking, swimming, stair-climbing, yoga, moderate weightlifting and Tai Chi can improve your strength, balance and flexibility.
- Home Safe-proofing — Minimize your risk of falling in your home by removing or securing potential hazards like loose rugs, carpeting and uneven floorboards. You can also use non-slip mats and install night lights and handrails in your bedroom and bathroom.
BLADDER PROBLEMS: STAY IN CONTROL
If you’re nervous to talk with your doctor about bladder control, don’t be. There are approximately 25 million Americans (young and senior alike) who’ve experienced loss of bladder control, so you’re not alone. This common issue can often be improved through various treatments and small lifestyle changes so you can keep as normal and active a lifestyle as you want.
EXERCISE: STAY STRONG
Staying active can help you maintain and improve your health, both physically and mentally, and is especially important as your body ages. Also, one of the best ways to reduce your risk of falling and bladder control issues is through exercise.
Even light physical activity each day is a great way to get your heart pumping and circulate some nourishing oxygen throughout your body and brain. Taking a brisk walk in the morning is a great way to get started, but talk with your doctor about which types of exercise are safest for you.