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How Do We Balance?

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Standing up doesn’t seem like a complicated task; neither does walking to the bathroom. But according to Jake Streepey, Ph.D., maintaining balance is harder than it looks. Balancing requires coordination between our eyes, ears, sense of touch and positioning of joints. When all of these work together, the body is able to maintain balance; however, if the body senses something is off balance, it needs raw muscular strength to be able to right itself. Because the elderly may experience loss of vision and diminished sensory information from the ears, which lead to problems with balance,, Dr. Streepey recommends staying physically active.