Good Footing To Support Your Elderly

April 23, 2014 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ All Blog Posts,Health,Library of Blogs, Articles & Videos

I remember as a kid singing a song about how all the bones in the body are connected. It went something like. . .

          The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone.                                                       The leg bone’s connected to the knee bone.                                                     The knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone.                                                  The thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone.                                                    The hip bone’s connected to the back bone.                                                                                              The back bone’s connected to the neck bone.

As an adult with a newfound awareness of my body, this song has new meaning for me about good footing to support your elderly. Let me tell you about it.

I started taking an occasional yoga class a few years ago. I really like the teacher because she focuses on posture. I’ve learned so much about my body just from attending those yoga classes.

Many things that Pam teaches in class stick with me, but one in particular stands out. Pam is very particular about how we place our feet. She is clear that our feet should be shoulder width apart. And, she is clear that the second toe should be pointing straight forward.

At first I found this odd. Why so much attention on our feet and toes? Then I got to thinking.

A structure needs a solid foundation to support the upper part. The feet represent your body’s foundation. The feet support your body in all of your physical activities starting with the basics of standing and walking.

Pam’s focus on position has given me a newfound awareness of the importance of proper alignment of my feet to give my body a strong foundation.

Our aging loved ones need a solid foundation to support them in their everyday activities. A solid foundation is especially crucial to good balance.

How much could it help your aging loved one if he or she was better able to support him or herself?

This video will demonstrate some simple modifications to help your aging loved one stand strong. And, this article provides good information on how foot position influences balance.

Would good footing to support your elderly help your aging loved one? How will you help your aging loved one have more solid footing and a stronger foundation to remain active?

Make sure exercise is healthy for your aging loved one. Always consult your aging loved one’s physician before starting any exercise program for him or her, including yoga (even for the feet).