Reducing the Risk of Falls for Seniors

Jan 16, 2019 4:02:32 PM / by Collington Care Consultant

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of three older adults falls each year. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries, sending millions of elderly people to emergency rooms and hospitals. Older adults can reduce their risk of falling by taking these steps: (Especially during these slippery and icy cold months)

 

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  • Avoid high heels, be sure to tie shoe laces, replace slippers that are too loose, and aim to have shoes with non-skid soles. 

Having Your Eyes Checked Regularly 

  • It is advised to get your eyes checked once a year and wear glasses if needed. 

Discussing Preventative Measures with your Doctor

  • Review any prior medical history to see if you may be prone to falls - dizziness, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, etc. 

Removing Hazards in the Home 191nKoreaInternetLoss

  • Any obstacle such as phone cords, loose rugs, electrical wires should be taped down, secured, or removed all together. Add non slip mats in your bathroom/shower as well as applying non skid wax to any slippery surface in your home.

Use Common Sense

  • Always a smart safe choice to stay at home during snowy and icy conditions.

Being Physically Active

  • Any regular physical activity can go a long way in improving balance, strength, coordination, and flexibility. 

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  • Check your medications to see if potential side effects may increase your risk of losing your balance/falling. 

 

 

 

 

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