Saturday, February 24, 2024

#Bookreview of 10-Minute Balance Exercises for Seniors

10-Minute Balance Exercises for Seniors
By: PrimeLife Wellness
Publisher: PrimeLife Wellness
Publication Date: January 20, 2024
ISBN: 978-1915710512
Reviewed by: Douglas C. MacLeod, Jr.
Review Date: February 22, 2024
10-Minute Balance Exercises for Seniors is a practical and easy-to-use guide to help senior citizens with an issue that affects millions of them yearly: falling. The work begins with a hair-raising statistic from the CDC that claims about 36 million falls are reported each year, 32,000 of which result in a senior’s death. In other words, falling is an epidemic, according to PrimeLife Wellness, the company producing this clearly written how-to book, that needs to be paid more attention to; and to do that is to know the reasons why this is happening: a lack of flexibility and balance. This new work provides comprehensive definitions of the different types of balance (static and dynamic) and systems (visual, proprioceptive, and vestibular) human beings use to maintain their balance, even when they are aging; hurting; losing their cognitive functioning; dealing with environmental hazards; or having emotional breakdowns when experiencing social and economic troubles. Primelife Wellness’s book also speaks to the importance of preventing falls and the solutions that ensure this dangerous life-event does not take place in more homes around the globe.
The book claims senior citizens need to improve on their muscle strength, stability, coordination, and confidence; and, to accomplish these goals, they need to come up with an exercise regiment that fits their lifestyles. To do that, they first have to test their balance, which has several components associated with it: posture, stability, coordination, recovery, focus, and adaptability. The tests themselves are not difficult; however, it takes tenacity, training, warm-up and cool-down periods, good exercise equipment, and repetition to get a comprehensive understanding of what those tests are going to prove, as it pertains to a senior’s level of flexibility and balance. Once flexibility and a level of balance are determined, seniors can choose what sorts of exercises are most comfortable for them. Most of the book provides short instructions for each exercise and a rudimentary but instructional illustration for seniors to use to help them figure out what is most necessary for their respective needs. The types of exercises presented are seated, standing, walking, floor, core, and vestibular; the most intriguing being vestibular, which deals with eye and head movement, eye-hand coordination, and gaze stabilization.
The head and the body have to work as one, and for this company to speak about what is generally an “undervalued component of our sensory apparatus,” brings 10-Minute Balance Exercises for Seniors to another level. The vestibular system is “nestled” in the inner ear and gives human beings their equilibrium, their spatial navigation, and their stability. If the vestibular system is not functioning properly, anyone can become dizzy and off-balance; and, if seniors have medical issues such as vertigo and/or dizziness along with brittle bones and deteriorating muscle mass, they can easily fall and do serious damage to their entire body. This work, in a direct and simple way, speaks in-depth about how the mind, the senses, and the body coincide and connect with each other; and, if one of those things is dysfunctional, it is up to those having these issues to find ways to rehabilitate themselves, so all three can again work as one.
Along with the illustrations, 10-Minute Balance Exercises for Seniors smartly provides resources such as QR codes that lead to more exercise assistance, beginner planners and planners for those who want more of a challenge, exercise trackers, and others to assist those that may need more motivation or direction. For example, in the vestibular systems chapter, a small amount of information is provided about how The Brain and Spine Foundation can be of assistance in case the book does not provide enough to help with the rehabilitation of said system. These tips present seniors and readers with an honest assessment of the situation. Yes, these exercises can help but they may not be a panacea. Seniors can plan, strengthen their muscles, gain more confidence, rehabilitate their vestibular system and yet still fall and either hurt or kill themselves. There are no guarantees, but this work provides at least some steps to making sure a steady foundation can be created for those that are shaky and frail. In other words, this book is a step in the right direction for one to take a literal step in the right direction. 10-Minute Balance Exercises for Seniors, ultimately, is a logical and uncomplicated book that gives readers a better sense as to what they need to stay flexible and balanced.
Quill says: 10-Minute Balance Exercises for Seniors is a substantive and informative how-to about a dangerous issue that rightfully needs addressing.
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