Each year, one in every three adults ages 65 or older falls and 2 million are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries. With each decade of life, the risk of falling increases. Hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries, some of the long term consequences of falls, can impact independence and health. Today, let’s talk about how to prevent falls and protect our seniors.
Tips to Prevent Falls:
- Exercise – Weak legs due to a lack of exercise increases chances. Tai Chi and other such programs strengthen legs muscles and improves balance.
- Wary of Medicines – Dizziness or Drowsiness can be a side effect of some medicines or combinations of medicines.
- Sharp Vision – Routine eye exams and up to date prescriptions for glasses and contacts ensure that seniors are seeing clearly.
- Remove Hazards at Home – Fifty percent of all falls happen at home. Identifying potential fall hazards and either removing them or changing them can prevent falls.
Home Safety Steps:
- Remove items that might be tripping hazards from pathways and stairs.
- Install Handrails and lights on all staircases
- Apply double sided tape on the underside of small rugs
- Items that are used daily should be kept within reach without the aid of a step-stool.
- Puthand-bars in tubs and showers and next to toilets
- Non-slip mats in showers and tubs
- Always ensure home is well lit inside and out.
- Wear shoes at all times when moving about.