For older people in particular, a fall often has severe consequences that can put your independence at serious risk. Read our tips for reducing your risk of having a fall. There are also some good courses available.
- Valuable tips for reducing your risk of falling
- Exercises to do at home
- Advice and courses
- Test your balance
Valuable tips for reducing your risk of falling
- Make sure that you take exercise. Walk for half an hour every day fast enough to make you breathe a little more quickly.
- Do exercises to improve your balance, strength and agility twice a week for 10 minutes. Go cycling, swimming or dancing, for example.
- A balanced diet and plenty of fluids every day help prevent osteoporosis and improve your ability to concentrate.
- Keep yourself mentally fit. When you are shopping, for example, leave the shopping list in your bag and only check it at the end to see if you’ve forgotten anything.
- Keep up your hobbies and stay in touch with your friends.
Exercises to do at home
In order to cope with everyday life, we need a certain amount of strength and stamina and a good sense of balance. Without regular training, however, we gradually lose these skills as we get older. A lack of strength and a poor sense of balance are also a key reason why so many old people fall.
The brochure with exercise cards shows you how you can do exercises to improve your strength and balance. The Helsana Group carefully selected these exercises together with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Consideration was given to ensure they can be integrated easily into your daily routine and are also suitable for beginners. No special equipment is required.
Why not try out a few of the exercises right away?
- Brochure on staying on your feet and getting around safely (PDF, 531KB) (planning the exercises)
- Exercise cards for staying on your feet and getting around safely (PDF, 656KB) (performing the exercises)
Advice and courses
Advice from Spitex for more independence when you are older:
Falls are one of the most common causes of dependence and suffering in the elderly. It is well established that adjustments in the home environment and in a person's daily routine reduce the risk of falling.
Helsana customers over 65 years of age who have received medical treatment after a fall can request a home visit from a trained Spitex adviser. The advisers provide tips on how to set up your home in the best way possible and improve your balance.
So far, this service is only available in parts of German-speaking Switzerland and Ticino. Interested? Then give us a call on +41 (0)43 340 13 40. We will be happy to put you in touch with an adviser.
Improve your strength, balance and memory in Motio seminars.
These courses are all about improving your ability to get around in everyday life. The courses are aimed at anyone who avoids the ticket machines or has trouble finding their way around at the railway station and lacks confidence on the roads.
From aqua fitness and gymnastics to dancing, cycling and rambling, Pro Senectute offers a wide variety of opportunities to get active – in the form of courses, sport groups or holiday weeks for the older generation.
Under the SANA and COMPLETA supplementary insurance policies, Helsana will pay up to 75 percent of the costs of tai chi and balance courses from Pro Senectute – up to a maximum of 200 Swiss francs per calendar year. These courses are particularly good for fall prevention.Up
Test your balance
Having good balance helps you to stand and walk safely every day. Want to know how good your balance is?