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Can aging affect my balancing capability?

Kelly Traver
Internal Medicine

Balance also declines with age due to a reduction in nerve connections in the cerebellum as well as in the joints. These nerves are important because they give your brain valuable information about your position in space. The two best things a person can do to preserve balance are to keep the core muscles strong and to participate in tai chi or chi gong, which are slow, rhythmic Eastern movements that build strength and balance.

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