Falls not only threaten seniors’ safety and independence, but also generate enormous economic and personal costs. In just the year of 2015, the total cost of fall injuries was $50 billion. However, despite falling is not an inevitable result of aging.
Here are 6 tips to help prevent falls:
INCORPORATE AN EXERCISE PROGRAM WITH A FOCUS ON BALANCE
Find a curriculum that builds balance, strength, and flexibility. Go with a friend to keep you motivated.
SCHEDULE A DOCTOR’S CONSULTATION
This is the opportunity to get a full assessment of your risk of falling. Make sure to list your recent falls.
REGULARLY REVIEW YOUR MEDICATIONS WITH YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST
If you review all side effects of your prescriptions, this will reduce
GET YOUR VISION AND HEARING CHECKED ANNUALLY
Make sure your eyeglasses are consistently updated. Remember that your eyes and ears help keep you balanced.
KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE
Remove tripping hazards, increase lighting, make stairs safe, and install grab bars in key areas.
TALK TO YOUR FAMILY
Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe. Falls are not just a seniors issue.
With simple lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based falls prevention programs, and clinical-community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be greatly reduced.