I am always striving for balance in my life, but today I am talking about physical balance. I often read that many people start to have problems with balance, seemingly as a consequence of aging. Falls and resulting injuries (like a broken hip) can have a detrimental effect on the quality of life and even sometimes are implicated in deaths due to injury.
I am in the demographic -- according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over a third of those 65 years or over false act year.
Actually, I am well ahead of the curve. I have been falling since I was two when I tumbled down the full flight of steep cellar steps and broke my nose. When I was a little older my mother actually had me practice leading with my bum as I fell so I would not break an arm. My mother had a dread fear of one of her children breaking an arm and she figured I was the most likely candidate.
I guess the early training worked as I have yet (knock wood) to break my arm. I have bruised my bum though!
And I have taken some pretty spectacular falls, but I am not attributing any of them to age. It's all about natural born clumsiness. Still, I think it is a good idea that I take yoga and a balance Pilates class.
I have added mindful meditation to my routine as well. I have not broken anything other than my nose, but I don't want to press my luck so I will do what I can.