by Emily Conrad
(Fallbrook, California)

I was wondering how long it might take for results in the balance
program. I have a serious balance problem and no one can tell me
what causes it or if I will ever get better. I used to be able to
walk outdoors but can’t even do that now because I am afraid of
falling. Even if I use my cane, it doesn’t seem to help. I
would so like to be able to walk around my patio and yard. I am
84 years old and outside of some arthritis and the balance I am in
very good health.

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Aug 27, 2012 Balance Manual
by: Bob McLaughlin I found the Balance Manual on line at It seems to be helping. I can’t walk due to a cerebellar stroke (balance and coordination centers of lower brasin). Still have a long way to go but I do think the exercises in the manual are helping.

Dec 20, 2011 No balance system
by: Jo I need to exercise to build my body back up. I have NO balance system due to bilateral brain tumors. Can someone suggest some exercises that I can do without falling flat on my face?

Mar 31, 2011 Balance exercise training
by: Douglas Schrift Great question Emily. Living with impaired balance can be a very challenging and concerning situation at home.

As we grow older we experience many changes to our balance system. Remember that balance involves three areas; our eyes, our inner ear, and our sensory system.

When we strengthen our ankles, legs, hips and trunk by practicing balance exercises, our body begins to change and adapt in a positive way.

This may take from a few weeks to many months or longer depending on your particular condition and how long the condition has persisted.

I encourage all seniors to continue to practice their balance exercises daily no matter how poor you think it is.

The most important thing to remember is to be safe. This means having someone with you while you practice your exercises. Do not practice balance exercises alone.

Practice the stepping exercises I present online everyday with a family member. Work on lifting your feet up at least 6 inches when stepping. This will condition you to take high steps when in the back yard as you walk about.

Our back yards are filled with many things including uneven terrain, hoses, stones, roots, shovels and pets. For this reason, stepping exercises are very important.

Also, make sure you do my favorite exercise 10 times a day, which is the simple sit to stand. Simply sit in a chair and remember these three things.

1. Scoot out to the edge of the chair
2. Bring your toes under your knees
3. Then bring you nose over your toes and stand up. Repeat 10 times a day.

Soon you will be stronger and more stable when venturing out to your favorite place!

Good Luck!