Taking the Other Side

Not only are we predominantly either right-handed or left-handed (unless we are ambidextrous), but we also have a dominant eye, foot, and ear.  With this in mind, you may want to improve your “body balance” by strengthening the non-dominant side of your body.  This means performing everyday tasks such as brushing one’s teeth or combing one’s hair with the opposite hand.  Older adults may also want to try standing on one leg as they talk on the phone or wash dishes.  With practice, these simple exercises can boost strength and coordination to the point where the non-dominant hand or leg can perform better and react more quickly. These are important qualities to have when faced with challenging physical situations.  The better a person’s body balance, the better he or she will be able to catch themselves if they stumble.

Barclay Friends understands how critical it is for older adults to stay active to promote good health and well-being and provides daily exercise, chair yoga, and rehabilitation with certified Physical and Occupational Therapists to target core strength, helping older adults to avoid falls. To discover more, reach us today at (610) 696-5211 and visit our website, http://bf.kendal.org/.

With Faith Woodward, Director of Admissions and Marketing