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improving balance and preventing falls

Preventing Falls

Many people think that as we age, it becomes inevitable that we will have a fall and cause ourselves some sort of injury. But that's not true, as research shows that most falls are preventable. Staying alert, and keeping your mind and your body active as you age can go a long way to reducing your risk of falling. Staying active is such a major factor in reducing your risk of falling, particularly as we get older, and there are some simple and safe ways of doing this at home.

Research shows most falls occur when we become distracted. Getting used to handling both mental distractions and physical activity is something that a free app called Nymbl can help with. The team at ACC are trialling Nymbl for older New Zealanders because they want to help them improve their balance and live falls-free.

Nymbl

So what is Nymbl?

Nymbl is an alternative or an addition to a community strength and balance class, and compliments any other regualr exercise that you may already be doing. It's essentially another way to keep you balanced, all in the comfort of your own home. The app requires a smartphone or tablet, but you don't need any equipment to do the exercises.

You'll use both your mind and body at the same time to complete easy games or trivia questions while doing simple balance movements, such as lifting one foot off the floor and holding it for a few seconds.

The app is free to download for anyone, so if you want to sign up then read on below.

The App

Before you can download and use the Nymbl app, please visit the Nymbl registration page by clicking here to register as a user of this free ACC service (free subscriptions are limited).

Then:

1. Choose between three options:

  • I want to improve my balance
  • I want to test my balance
  • My balance is great

2. When you've made your choice, you'll register as a user of the Nymbl app.
3. ACC and Nymble will confirm your registration and send you an email with simple and easy to follow instructions on how to download and use Nymbl.