The Care recipient (cr) stumbles and doesn’t seem to have very much leg strength

Try: Try doing exercises that strengthen the leg muscles to improve balance in a seated position with good posture and knees bent take a ball and place it on the floor near feet holding onto the chair for balance as needed place right foot on top of the ball trying to balance your weight as you do this the left foot that is not on the ball can remain on the floor or can be lifted up off the floor if you feel stable enough hold for 3 to 4 seconds switch feet and repeat with the opposite foot keep switching feet on the ball for 8 to 10 timess rest do another 8 to 10 repetitions this exercise can be done 3or 4 times a week note a ball is not required for this exercise try standing on one foot while holding the back of a chair as balance improves do exercise without holding onto the chair

Materials: Straight back chair without arms soccer ball or similar type of ball

Categories: Sage, Topic, Medical Physical

Information: n/a

References: Adapted from university of georgia 2007 chair exercises for older adults available at www fcs uga edu

Keywords: Poor balance falls stumbles exercise

*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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