And of those who survive, nearly 50% never fully recover & require long-term nursing care.
But it doesn't have to be that way. Most of the falls that cause broken bones can be easily prevented. How?
By improving your balance.
Your sense of balance is like a muscle — you must exercise it regularly or it will weaken and lose its usefulness to you.
The good news is it's easy to improve your balance with this exercise:
1. Simply stand on one leg &
2. move the other leg, bent at the knee, through space
3. Do this several times throughout the day
(Many people find that the best time to do this is while brushing their teeth.)
4. Once you get really good at it & can stand on one leg for several minutes,
try standing on one leg with your eyes closed.
In the beginning, you'll probably only be able to do it for a few seconds.
But with practice, you'll soon be able to reach the goal - stand for 28 seconds —
the same amount of time as the average 30-year-old!
5. Be sure to have something sturdy nearby to grab hold of in case you need additional support.