Falls are a leading cause of injury and death among older adults. In fact, one out of every four Americans aged 65 and older falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, falls are not a normal part of aging and can often be prevented.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP YOU PREVENT FALLS:
Exercise regularly: Exercise can help improve your balance, strength, and flexibility, which can all contribute to preventing falls. Try to incorporate exercises that focus on balance and stability, such as tai chi or yoga, into your routine.
Check your medications: Certain medications can increase your risk of falling, especially if they cause dizziness, drowsiness, or confusion. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about any medications you are taking to see if they could be contributing to your fall risk.
Get your vision checked: Poor vision can increase your risk of falling, so it’s important to get your eyes checked regularly. Make sure your glasses or contacts are up to date and that your home is well-lit.
Keep your home safe: Remove tripping hazards, such as loose rugs and clutter, from your home. Install grab bars in the bathroom and handrails on stairs. Make sure all areas of your home are well- lit, including stairways and hallways.
Wear proper footwear: Wear shoes that fit well and have non-slip soles. Avoid wearing shoes with high heels or slick soles.
Stay hydrated: Dehydration can cause dizziness and increase your risk of falling. Make sure you are drinking enough water throughout the day.
By taking these steps, you can reduce your risk of falling and stay safe and independent.
If you do experience a fall, it’s important to talk to your doctor and let them know what happened. They can help determine if there are any underlying health issues that need to be addressed and recommend any necessary treatments or therapies.
To learn more about ways to avoid falling, watch our educational video on “6 Tips to Keep You On Your Feet” here: https://share.kelsey-seybold.com/watch/QGkbHG4wdfWdBBna7wq5fN.