Do you feel like you are starting to shuffle your feet when walking? While falls are more common as we age, they are not a normal part of aging. Changes in balance, strength, and flexibility can affect the way we walk. Janet Popp reviews the various issues related to balance and walking changes. She then discusses strategies for addressing these changes in order to improve your balance and walking, as well as reducing your risk of falls.

Janet Popp, PT, MS, is a home health physical therapist and holds a master’s in gerontology. She is adjunct faculty at UNM Health Sciences Center Division of Physical Therapy, chair of the New Mexico Adult Falls Prevention Coalition, and has a contract with the NM Department of Health to conduct falls prevention trainings for healthcare professionals.