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May 2018 Mall Walker Newsletter

Test Your Balance

Your balance has a direct correlation to your fall risk. How do you “stand” in these balance tests?

Have someone to steady you if necessary. Stand with your feet together and anklebones touching. Fold your arms across your chest. Now close your eyes. Though it's normal to sway a little, you should be able to stand for 60 seconds without moving your feet.

Next, place one foot directly in front of the other and close your eyes. You should be able to stand for more than 30 seconds on each side.

Stand in a doorway so that you can catch yourself if you begin to fall. Stand on one foot. Bending the other knee, lift the non-supporting foot off the floor without letting it touch the standing leg. Repeat this with your eyes closed. Typically, people age 60 and younger can hold the pose for about 29 seconds with their eyes open and 21 seconds with their eyes closed. People age 61 and older can hold the pose for 22 seconds with their eyes open, 10 seconds with their eyes closed.

Stand on one foot with your hands on your hips. Place your non-supporting foot against the inside knee of your standing leg. Then, raise your heel off the floor. You should be able to hold the pose for 25 seconds.


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