Enjoying the outdoors during summer shouldn’t mean worrying about the risk of falling."
-Mazy Holiday, creator of iStand, and founder and COO of HoliVision
Birmingham, AL (PRWEB) June 27, 2013
The inviting warmer weather of summer typically means more walks, sports, and other outdoor activities. But for those at risk for falls, especially those over age 65 – outdoor summer activities can be hazardous and potentially fatal. Nearly half of falls among those over age 65 occur outside but near the home or away from the home; that could be a simple walk around the block. Another common summertime habit – going barefoot – also increases a senior’s risk of falling, according to an NIH-funded study. Experts agree that preventive measures are critical in helping to reduce the risk of falls among seniors – one of these preventive options is the iStand Falls Prevention® Exercise Program.
iStand, a product of HoliVision, LLC, is an innovative and first-of-its-kind mobile app that provides exercise routines designed to help minimize the risk of falls for seniors. The program teaches simple activities and movements modeled on Tai Chai and the Otago Exercise Program (OEP) that seniors can perform to improve balance, strength, and awareness - in an effort to minimize their risk of falls. Tai Chi and OEP are two of the most recommended exercise programs in the world and have been shown to improve balance, strength and coordination in seniors. OEP was designed by specialists at Otago University in New Zealand.
The iStand program is structured for group settings but includes exercise routines that seniors can also do at home with a caregiver or physical therapist. Even seniors who are frail will benefit from the stretching and movements as long as they have a caretaker with them. iStand was created to provide seniors with a simple tool so they are less vulnerable to a potentially dangerous fall.
“Enjoying the outdoors during summer shouldn’t mean worrying about the risk of falling,” says Mazy Holiday, creator of iStand, and founder and COO of HoliVision. “By increasing strength, balance and focus with iStand’s exercises the risk of falling can be minimized for seniors – in the summer months and year round.”
One out of three seniors over age 65 falls each year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), with falls being the number one cause of death from injury among this age group. The death rate from falls among seniors has risen sharply over the past decade and is expected to grow as the population ages.
The iStand mobile app is the first of its kind for a national falls prevention program. The app, available for download from iTunes, received a ‘thumbs up’ rating and was recommended for use by The Senior List, a community-driven, online portal focused on linking families to quality products and seniors’ services.
The iStand program also hosts an online TeleHealth community called HIP (Help. Interact. Prevent.) that allows seniors to engage with each other and with their physical therapists online. By logging on to http://www.istandfit.com seniors can report falls to their physical therapist and discuss their exercise routines and other healthy activities with each other.
The iStand DVD is available through Amazon.com. To learn more about the iStand Falls Prevention Exercise Program visit http://www.iStandFit.com
In addition to iStand, its creator Mazy Holiday developed the cushioning technology and holds patents for The SupportSafe Walking Cane® and The SupportSafe Walker®. To learn more about these HoliVision products, visit http://www.holivision.com
HoliVision specializes in falls prevention exercise and education for seniors, and the latest technology and designs in walking aids for rehabilitation and mobility.
Since 2009, the HoliVision team has been busy designing a line of modernized walking aids in an effort to bring canes and walkers out of the Stone Age, and into the modern era of design and technology. Creating more stable and easy-to-use walking aids brought the issue of falls among seniors to the forefront for Ms. Holiday. She recognized that falls prevention for seniors was a critical necessity, and began developing a mobile application that incorporated programs with the highest demonstrated return rate on reducing falls.
Because of the lack of nationwide and organized dissemination of falls prevention programs for seniors, digital technology has become the clear and obvious solution for a segment of the population that has limited income, and often doesn't or cannot leave the house regularly.
An estimated 33 million seniors own a computer, 15 million own a tablet, and most have DVD players with their television. The iStand mobile app is one component of a larger nationwide program that includes physical therapy to be launched later this year. With iStand, a greater number of seniors will now have immediate access to these programs that weren’t so easily available before. HoliVision's iStand Falls Prevention Exercise Program is available in both a mobile app for iPad, and a DVD. http://www.iStandFit.com