Our balance is comprised of 3 systems working together: our eyes, ears, and body which all send information to the brain which is then interpreted about where we are in space. When 1 or more of these systems is working incorrectly we are at a risk for falls.
As we age, the occurrence of slips and falls becomes more common. According to the CDC, an elderly adult is treated in the ER for a fall every 11 seconds, and an elderly adult dies every 19 minutes from a fall. Aging is inevitable and with that comes deteriorating muscle strength, weakened immune systems, and imbalance issues. For these reasons, a slip or fall suffered by the elderly can prove to have devastating consequences.
In addition to the harm caused by a physical fall, it's important to account for the harmful effects a fall can have on the psyche. The idea of falling becomes a constant fear and can result in increased self-restriction, resulting in seniors becoming more dependent on others and subsequently decreasing mobility over time. As such, fall prevention is an essential aspect for senior care. Addressing balance problems reduces the risk of falls through all populations.
We designed an easily-implemented and standardized exercise kit as a bridge for individuals recovering from injuries such as vestibular dysfunction, concussions, and neurological issues. Designed as an at-home exercise tool, our kits provide an easy and affordable option for home training in visual and vestibular therapy.