Dr. Betty Perkins-Carpenter has been working with both world-class athletes and senior citizens for years. But whether she’s training Olympic divers or speaking to a group of elderly citizens, Perkins-Carpenter’s goals are the same: to reduce injuries by eliminating fear, training safely and building confidence and stamina.
These lessons have different applications depending on the intended audience, but for our purposes here, we should note that her practices have taught hundreds of seniors to walk confidently and safely. Now, Perkins-Carpenter has revised her 2006 book, How To Prevent Falls: Better Balance, Independence and Energy in 6 Simple Steps, to incorporate a number of real-world exercises and strategies that can help one regain mobility. From stretching in bed to multitasking on the go to learning how to fall correctly, How to Prevent Falls can be just what one needs to build physical confidence and get back on their feet.
Perkins-Carpenter focuses on six ambitious yet realistic goals that most seniors can easily master with some practice. While the book can’t guarantee that your 85-year-old mother will be doing back flips by the time she’s done reading it, it might give her the shot in her arm she needs to get back out there.
The six steps that one must take to improve their walking and balancing abilities, while reducing their risks of falling are:
* Reducing the fear of falling
* Maintaining independence
* Improving posture
* Gaining confidence
* Increasing strength
* Having fun
How To Prevent Falls: Better Balance, Independence and Energy in 6 Simple Steps is available from Amazon. An 11-page excerpt can be viewed here.
You can also watch Dr. Perkins-Carpenter explain her six-step strategy below: