Keeping Your Brain Healthy As You Age

By Brad Gillman
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There are many health-related issues that occur through aging. The body and mind begin to break down and slow down. You may feel physical changes in your bones, muscles, and heart while changes in your brain’s function, such as memory loss and motor skills, might be more subtle.

Yet there are steps you can take to help slow the toll and keep your brain healthy and alert.

Stepping On: Building Confidence, Reducing Falls

By Intermountain Healthcare
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For Utahns aged 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations, deaths, and traumatic brain injuries. In 2013 alone, 3,200 Utahns aged 65 and older were hospitalized for fall-related injuries. Even without injuries, many seniors develop a fear of falling and, in turn, limit their daily activities. This can result in reduced mobility, decreased strength and balance, and increased risk of falling. However, falling is not an inevitable part of aging. Intermountain Healthcare has partnered with the State Department of Health to provide free fall prevention classes.