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Understanding Balance Challenges within Humans

October 1, 2019

Preventing falls is a priority for anyone at any age. Falls can range from a very simple loss in balance resulting in the need to grab a wall before hitting the ground or they can be severe by making complete contact with the ground resulting in a blow to the head or broken limb. Either way, falls can be prevented.womwn doing yoga outddors

At Pisgah Valley we take precautions with every resident to prevent falling. In order to put the proper prevention steps in place, we must understand the balance challenges humans encounter due to our adapted body structure, brain structure and other outside environmental factors.

Our ancestors, for one reason or another, made a change from walking on four legs to two. Bipedalism changed the structure of the human body millions of years ago and consequentially caused balance problems especially in toddler aged children and the elderly. There is evidence that shows when humans began walking on two feet, the human brain began to adapt and become larger. So we’ve taken a structure (the human body) that was low to the ground on four bases of support and turned it upright with a very large bowling ball shape (the head) at the top resting on a thin skeleton with only two bases of support. One could see why health professionals focus on maintaining balance throughout the aging process.

Not only does the challenge of maintaining balance present itself in regards to holding the upright structure of the human body but other factors affecting balance come into play as well. Factors such as cognitive health, experiencing dizziness or vertigo, hearing or vision impairment and medication side effects to say the least. “Balance is achieved and maintained by a complex set of sensorimotor control systems that include sensory input from vision (sight), proprioception (touch), and the vestibular system (motion, equilibrium, spatial orientation); integration of that sensory input; and motor output to the eye and body muscles.” In other words, maintaining balance takes multiple body systems and senses working together and if one of these systems is negatively affected then that person could be at a greater risk for falling.

Here are major contributors that increase risk for falling in seniors

  • New health problems such as urinary tract infection, dehydration, anemia, heart problems or stroke.
  • Medication side effects and interactions.
  • Memory loss
  • Experience dizziness
  • Balance and gait. If an elderly person has balance problems due to weak muscles or overall poor health choices then a physical therapist may be able to help improve balance and how that person walks
  • Vision and hearing problems can cause the person to struggle with depth perception and overall assessment of their immediate environment
  • Environmental factors such as slippery walking surfaces, dark spaces, confined spaces and cluttered areas make it difficult for one with poor balance to navigate safely.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above symptoms, be proactive and address the situation with before the fall occurs because it could be only a matter of time. By understanding why falls happen and specifically what factor(s) made someone fall, you can prevent injury or even death by tackling balance challenges head on.

Source:https://vestibular.org/understanding-vestibular-disorder/human-balance-system


Your Brain on Humor

August 28, 2019

Finding time for one joke in your day may make you smarter, healthier, sexier and happier. It’s no joke that at Pisgah Valley we like to have fun and that laughter can be the best medicine (no pun intended) but do you know exactly how laughter activates the brain and the multiple benefits we receive …Read More…


Summer Safety Tips for Alzheimer’s Sufferers

July 16, 2019

As we approach the dog days of summer, warm weather safety is a priority for all but especially those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.  Along with the pleasant summer weather are get-togethers, vacations, and simply, more time outdoors especially in areas like Asheville.  This can be a fun time of the year but it can …Read More…


Improving Teenage Mental Health How Grandparents can play a Vital Role

June 17, 2019

July is teenage mental health month and for good reason.  The rates of teenagers being diagnosed with mental health problems have risen alarmingly over the years indicating that young people are suffering from increased stress due to many environmental factors, peer pressure, and societal expectations.  As grandparents who have lived and learned, seniors play a …Read More…


Senior Eating Tips

May 28, 2019

Eating well at home can be a challenge for many different types of people especially seniors.  One solution is to turn to convenience foods such as premade frozen meals, canned soups, sandwiches and fast food combos.  Although these foods provide flavor, calories and some nutrients they are seriously lacking in fiber, minerals, and vitamins.  They …Read More…


Retirement Goals: Balance the Good with the Bad…. Stress, that is!

April 25, 2019

CREATION health, the whole health wellness program teaches us that “regardless of length, rest offers energy for the burned-out and restoration for the broken.”  Rest is a necessity for us to keep going psychologically and physiologically.  One factor that affects a person’s quality of rest is stress. Everyone experiences stress.  That’s a fact.  How a …Read More…


Eating for Longevity

March 18, 2019

In modern day societies, nutrition has become a complicated subject.  We have big food companies with the goal of making money and not so much of a goal to provide the public with nutritious, wholesome food.  Nowadays navigating the grocery store requires skill, knowledge and discipline.  As we focus on Nutrition throughout the month of …Read More…


Setting Your Attitude for the Day

October 11, 2018

There are a lot of choices we make each day and then there are details about life that come with no choice like who your parents are, what day you were born, or what the weather is going to be like.  As humans we have the incredible power of choosing to have a positive outlook …Read More…


Garden Harvesting Tips and Tricks

August is one of the busiest times of the year for a gardener.  Vegetables, fruits, flowers and of course weeds have grown and are ready to be pulled.  In the Asheville area, squash varieties have been picked and eaten, peppers are ready to be picked, and tomatoes are ripe on the vine so that means …Read More…


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Pisgah Valley Retirement Community

6 Rhododendron Way
Candler, NC 28715

828-418-2333