Protect Yourself from Unnecessary FallsPosted on August 1, 2022 by shieldsandboris
According to the CDC, an adult age 65+ falls every second every single day in the United States.
This makes falls the leading cause of injuries and death for this age group. However, there is good news. Falls don’t have to be a normal part of aging. There are things you can do to minimize your risk.
What is Your Fall Risk?
The first step to minimizing your risk of a fall is to assess your actual risk. The CDC has a quiz that allows you to answer a few questions, such as whether you hurry to go to the bathroom, what your medications are, and what your general mood is to assess your fall risk.
Prevent a Fall
While most falls don’t require more than icing a bruise or putting on a bandage, they can also result in serious hip and brain injuries, particularly in older adults. Here are a few ways the CDC recommend you can reduce your risk of injury or death due to a fall:
- Find an exercise program that will help teach balance, such as tai chi or yoga.
- Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your medications. Many medications can result in drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision, all which can increase your risk of a fall. Your doctor may be able to change the medication or adjust your dosage to decrease your fall risk while still treating the condition the medication is being used for.
- Take a look around your home and remove items that could be a tripping risk such as unnecessary clutter and throw rugs. Put colored tape on the edges of stair steps so you can see them even in dimmer light.
- Check your hearing and vision annually. Blurry vision can increase your risk of falls, but hearing problems can result in issues with your balance.
- Have a talk with your doctor if you feel unsteady, have already experienced a fall, or fear that you will fall. A fear of falling could decrease your activity level and that’s not good for your overall health.
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